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Solicitor leaders forecast that later today they would be able to name the law firms that will offer free legal advice to victims of the London Bridge terror attack.
The Law Society – which represents 130,000 practising solicitors in England and Wales – launched a pro bono panel for law firms yesterday, modelled on an initiative in Manchester in response to the bombing there last month.
Robert Bourns, the society’s president, said those affected by the attack in the capital on Saturday, in which seven died and scores were seriously injured, “will be dealing with enormous personal distress”. Physical and emotional distress would be exacerbated “by unforeseen and sometimes complex legal issues caused by this event”, he said.
“We hope free legal advice will assist victims of last Saturday’s attack in London to deal with any distressing practical issues that arise and relieve just a little of the worry. The legal profession is concerned and keen to offer support to those who are suffering terrible loss, injuries and other trauma.”
The society is coordinating efforts in London with LawWorks, the legal profession pro bono charity, to get the panel in place in the next few days. “We will be asking London solicitor firms with the relevant expertise to register with the pro bono panel if they wish to offer legal advice and support free of charge to those affected by these terrible event,” Bourns said. “The panel will operate on a referral basis so that the process is as easy as possible for victims.”