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Friday, 21 March 2014

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

LawWorks - No Legal Aid, Cannot afford to pay - Legal help for you.

Our Mission Statement

"We are LawWorks - the country’s leading legal pro bono charity for solicitors, in-house counsel, mediators and students. 

Working in partnership, we identify need, broker casework and connect volunteer lawyers with communities nationwide. Every year, we enable hundreds of voluntary organisations and tens of thousands of individuals to benefit from the support of over 25,000 lawyers.

We build links. We innovate and inspire. We ensure access to free legal expertise for those with nowhere else to go. Working with the best of the legal profession, we help lawyers to help those in need. 

LawWorks. At the heart of legal volunteering."

LawWorks brokers free legal help for individuals and community groups who cannot afford to pay and who are unable to access legal aid or other forms of financial assistance. 

In the last year LawWorks helped provide free legal advice to over 40,000 people and around 350 voluntary sector organisations.

Help for individuals

For an initial consultation with a solicitor: Free Legal Advice Clinics - initial advice clinics can be found across England and Wales.

There are various ways to fund legal action yourself: Sources of financial assistance for legal action

You can apply to LawWorks for case placement - we will look at your case and consider:
  • if you meet the financial criteria
  • the suitability of your application for free assistance
  • the merits of your case
We may offer you placement with a mediator or a solicitor.

You may also like to look at our resources section which might provide you with some useful links.

Note: LawWorks staff are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice over the telephone. We work with trained volunteers to deliver the help you need.

We are not able to assist with criminal, immigration/asylum and family cases.  In each case we recommend Community Legal Advice as the best starting point for further assistance. Their helpline number is 0845 345 4 345.

LawWorks is the operating name of the Solicitors Pro Bono Group.

Monday, 24 February 2014

2014 Conference and AGM - Didsbury, Manchester

The 2014 Conference will be held at the Britannia Country House Hotel, Palatine Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 2WG.

23rd to 26th May 2014

Please get your booking form here
Arrival from 14:00 on Friday 23rd May.  

AGM Registration from 10:30 on Saturday 24th May. 

Option to stay the Sunday evening and enjoy the Bank Holiday in the North West

More details about the hotel can be found HERE

You will be able to download from the issuu site.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

2014 Nuclear Test Reunion

Jim Cooper is once again hosting the annual Nuclear Test Reunion at Sand Bay Leisure Resort, Weston super Mare.
Here is the Flyer and Booking Form....
You can also download the form for printing from within the issuu viewer.

If you have any questions about the event please contact Jim at

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Dean of Chichester granted Freedom of the City

The Very Rev Nicholas Frayling our BNTVA Chaplain has been making local news in the run up to his retirement...

THE dean of Chichester received a high honour in the cathedral today 

The Very Rev Nicholas Frayling was granted the Freedom of the City - the highest honour Chichester City Council can bestow.
The service began at 2.30pm at Chichester Cathedral, and mayor John Hughes granted the ‘freedom’ to the dean.
“It is a very great honour you have bestowed on me this afternoon and it is difficult for me to express my gratitude,” said the dean.
He said the honour came ‘as a very great surprise’ and spoke of his ‘privileged’ friendship with mayors, councillors and officers at the city council.
The dean will also lead a special farewell Evensong in the cathedral tomorrow (February 2), to mark his retirement at the end of the month.
The service will begin at 3.30pm, and will be followed by a presentation of gifts and refreshments in a marquee on the cathedral’s south-west lawn.
For a full report and picture spread of both events, see Thursday’s Observer through this LINK.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Fallout Descendents Group Launched

Another landmark day for the BNTVA read all about it and keep abreast for articles for veterans descendents HERE

Sunday, 3 November 2013

March on Parliament - 27th November

Since the BNTVA came into being we have striven to reach the goals set by the suffering inflicted on our members.  Call it Justice, Recognition or whatever you like;  At the end of the day it all amounts to the same thing.  We are the closest we have ever been to achieving this and as I said in the latest magazine: “This will probably be the last chance many of our Veterans will have to see it made reality.”

Our Patron, John Baron MP, has developed a great base of support for the cause in Parliament and recently led a debate calling for our Recognition.  Anna Soubry MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence has agreed to ask the Prime Minister to make formal recognition direct to us.  This is a major shift of position and we need to keep the momentum to make the Benevolent fund a reality too.

You have given support before; writing to MP’s and getting their attention, attending meetings at Party conferences to share your experiences.  Now we have to mount the greatest show of strength we have ever managed and all in twenty odd days!

The march on Parliament is our one and only opportunity to create a true picture of the size and determination of our support.  We must mobilise Veterans, Family members, Friends and other supporters.  Everybody needs to be there, the numbers alone have to send a clear message.....

This issue will not conveniently go away when the last Veteran dies 
We are here now, We will be here tomorrow and every day thereafter 
Do the DECENT thing and RECOGNISE our VETERANS before it is too late

On the 27th of November 2013 at 10:30 hours we will assemble in Whitehall* where our petition will be delivered to the Prime Minister.  This will be followed by a march to Old Palace Yard where at 11:00 hours we will hold a ‘Recognition Rally’ with speeches from MP’s, BNTVA Officials and our supporters, this will be a great opportunity to maximise press coverage and give you the opportunity to help get our story out there.

*Assembly Point: Corner of Whitehall and Richmond Terrace (opposite Downing Street) Nearest Tube is Westminster (Circle, District and Jubilee Lines) or Charing Cross (Bakerloo & Northern Lines)

The Most Important BNTVA Event of the Decade
Please do your very best to get there and encourage as many others as you can.

If you can make it please let Katie or Sheena know on 0208 546 9374.  You can also give them a call for further details.
The March has been professionally organised and all necessary permissions obtained from the Police