Decent piece of work and pretty representative I'd say. Was wondering what "our" response would look like - I think you've pulled it off with aplomb! Had a little chuckle especially about the definition of an "iterative" approach being based on a guess used in part 2. Good one.
A very thorough and detailed response. I was particularly interested in your comment that the failure to let the Law Society peer review NFP implies that 'legal advice is really the province of solicitors.' Until I read that I assumed that the LSC wanted to fund us, but only on their terms. Now I have a strong suspicion that they think we're more trouble than we're worth, and would be happy to be rid of us.
Regarding the last message I don't think the LSC don't want to fund us but I do think they are probably a little tired of us. I think it has been as difficult for them to get to grips with our sector as it has been for us - is this controversial? Well, I'm feeling magnanimous today!
Personally I think they just want to do their job, it's just that sometimes we take it personally and sometimes they don't appreciate how to get the best from us. We've got to keep lobbying and we've got to keep promoting our views ideals and what we represent, but we've also got to keep thinking about being efficient and improving the services we provide.
You may think I'm insane but I actually enjoy working under contract and do think there are positive things that have come out from my organisation getting involved with the LSC.
Excellent response, well done Patrick and colleagues! I was very interested in the Times Online article as well - does this mean the climbdown may have started?? Laina PS Hope the cold is better, Patrick
i think it's good news but I think we need to be cautious.
There will be changes and Vera Baird is still comparing the amount of time spent on debt by solicitors and nfps. She is still saying that the amount of time is unjustified and cannot see any real reason why.
Read the full text of her speech and also Lord Falconer's.
We need to keep lobbying and make sure our voices are heard.