Exeter Family Court Clinic opening soon! Pro Bono support from Family Solicitors sought !


A clinic at Exeter Combined Court, Southernhay, EX1 1UH has been created to provide limited free support to Litigants in Person and they are looking for volunteers to help with this new initiative. 

Opening in May, the clinic will run monthly at Exeter Combined Court.  The clinic aims to help prepare LiPs for hearings and raise awareness of how the Family Court works.  We will provide this support service to LiPs involved in child arrangements or domestic violence (non-molestation or occupation order) proceedings by means of short pre-booked appointments. It is not extended to cover LiPs in financial remedy or care proceedings.

The development of the clinic has been driven by barristers and solicitors, who will work in partnership with the Personal Support Unit (PSU) in Exeter and the Bar Pro Bono Unit.  The PSU, who give practical and emotional support to LiPs, will manage the booking processes and provide clinic volunteers with details of clients for conflict checking.  More than 15 lawyers have signed up, volunteering at least a half-day a year to the scheme. 

Solicitors will need to arrange to operate under their firm’s indemnity insurance and a detailed protocol covering the operation of the clinic has been created, drawing on the work of the Bristol Pro Bono Scheme.

The clinic organisers welcome expressions of interest from family solicitors who would like to support the clinic. 

Please contact Carol Mashembo, Magdalen Chambers on cmashembo@magdalenchambers.co.uk / 01392 285200, or Matt Bass (PSU Exeter Manager): exeter@thepsu.org.uk / 01392 415 335 

We are holding a Launch Party at Exeter Combined Court on 19th May 2017 from 4-5pm. If you would like to come, please RSVP to exter@thepsu.org.uk by 12th May 2017.


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