Some individuals needing legal advice may have to choose between legal protection or poverty, says Pippa Allsop

Earlier this summer, the Law Centers Network published its Law For All report, which highlighted a concept it referred to as the ‘hidden justice gap’.

The report identified the ‘squeezed middle’ – those unable to afford to pay for legal assistance but are not eligible for legal aid. 

I am certain that a large number of practitioners will have raised an eyebrow at the notion that the justice gap has hitherto been hidden. I’m also confident that I will not have been the only one to have scoffed at the use of the word ‘gap’. I think ‘gaping chasm’ would have been far more fitting (albeit emotive) terminology in light of the circumstances we are now in. 

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Pippa Allsop
Associate
Michelmores LLP

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