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Amanda Hamilton discusses how paralegals will fill the void left by legal aid and how consumers will remain protected

3 February 2015

In an ever-changing legal landscape, the traditional attitude to legal services has been turned on its head. The main reason behind this is the requirement to comply with the regulatory objectives of the Legal Services Act 2007.

Three of the eight objectives are: improving access to justice, promoting competition and increasing public understanding of their legal rights. With the virtual eradication of legal aid, there is a huge gap. The public will, now more than ever before, need cost-effective and accessible legal advice and assistance. Paralegals are filling that gap.

The consequences of the Act and the withdrawal of legal aid have caused chaos within the court system. Because of the plethora of litigants in person (LIPs) in court, the courts need to ensure the LIPs are properly aware of their rights.

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