A trio of former Bindmans lawyers have set up the first not-for-profit criminal legal aid firm.

Rhona Friedman, who is a co-founder of campaigning group the Justice Alliance, Sashy Nathan, and Ben Stuttard founded Commons, created as a community interest company and a cooperative.

It does normal legal aid work under a contract with the Legal Aid Agency and takes on private clients. In addition, because of its CIC status, it can apply for grant funding to undertake training and outreach projects.

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