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Volunteer run - Government and charity funded
We help 50,000 people a year through divorce
Law firms are already cutting back on support staff and predicting lawyer redundancies - the loss of a legal aid work in family law is really beginning to bite. So why would law firms kill the golden goose?
It takes very little effort to inflame an already emotionally charged situation so a few words suggesting a specific course of action can bring in extra and unnecessary 10s of £1000s in a single divorce.
If my experience as a LiP dealing with the Exs "Resolution" registered lawyer is typical then I would be surprised if any divorce cases end cheaply and amicably - he basically refused to discuss anything and when he did he simply tried to intimidate me and his correspondence was inflammatory to say the least . Glad to say in the FH the judge had both his and her Barristers measure and things went quite well for me.
There is no doubt the system has to change but I think making solicitors more accountable for their actions and allowing the "other" side to make complaints against the non-instructed lawyer. This may focus their attention more on keeping costs down and not dragging the case out.