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"A large and important book that should be on the shelf of every family lawyer." Sir James Munby
'The mother is simply incapable of presenting and developing her case properly. She does not know the complex law. She has to communicate through the interpreter. The father has all the resources of state-funded lawyers. This is not equality of arms, as the fair trial provisions of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights require.'Legal aid for the mother was initially (and prematurely) refused on merits – when this was reviewed following the adjournment, she qualified on merits, but was again refused legal aid based on means because she started to receive child benefit and was working part-time as a cleaner, putting her slightly over the meagre means threshold. She was referred to the Bar Pro Bono Unit, who provided representation and she was successful at the final hearing. The impact of pro bono on individuals is tremendous and, at times, life changing – the clients are overcome with gratitude.