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'On behalf of the judges at the Cardiff Family Court I am delighted that there is going to be some legal advice available at court to litigants who are not represented. The judges are very conscious that coming to court is a new and difficult experience for parents and family members who are in dispute with each other about the children they love. This is a very small step on a long journey to make legal advice more available and accessible to litigants but we have to start somewhere. The judges are grateful to all who are giving up their professional time to help with this project and hope that this small step will encourage more practitioners to get involve,' said Judge Parry.
'The new Family pro bono clinic will provide access to legal advice in often critical and desperate times to vulnerable people across Wales. It will be great to know we can direct suitable clients to the Clinic. This service will ensure litigants gain additional access to justice through the support of lawyers,' added Mabel Thompson, Coordinator, Personal Support Unit Cardiff.
'The new family pro bono clinic is designed to give those who are vulnerable and struggling to deal with family law proceedings access to lawyers. This is an invaluable service which is welcomed by the judiciary,' said Heather Iqbal Rayner, Director at Duncan Lewis.
'Those who need legal advice the most are often those who cannot afford to pay legal fees. They are frequently the most vulnerable members of society. This pro bono legal service allows the local legal community to give back to those who need the service most,' said Susan Williams, Director at Thomas Simon solicitors.
'It has been pleasing to see such a large number of respected family lawyers and firms working together to give the public a service at court to assist the public at a stressful time,' Linda Parish, Head of the Family Law and Care Department at Spicketts Battrick commented.
'The new clinic is an important and much needed service, and is a testament to local collaboration, commitment and partnership working. It is a good example of the contribution that pro bono can make to enabling often vulnerable people to access advice and support,' said Martin Barnes, Chief Executive at LawWorks.