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Innovation is not just for large firms

Castle Park Solicitors' 'access to justice' package is evidence of innovation and resilience at the not-for-profit end of the sector

9 August 2013

Think innovation and what comes to mind is often a combination of complex elements based on volume business. Technology-driven processes, big throughput, and pyramid structures involving senior lawyers supervising armies of paralegals. Access to justice occasionally gets thrown in but it tends to be as a by-product of these clever arrangements.

Now think again. Castle Park Solicitors, the first charity-owned law firm to have become an alternative business structure, has just launched an 'access to justice' package for clients on benefits. It doesn't do anything fancy. Advice is provided by solicitors, and prices are pitched at what they reckon is affordable for the client base and at a level sustainable for the firm.

As a solicitor, you might worry that, to be personally manageable, getting involved with 'ethical' organisations requires huge levels of selflessness or...

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