March 1, 2013
NextSteps is a platform designed for modern lawyers and consumers. This site is a prototype of our concept. But instead of showing a client’s history, it shows the history of the site: The developments in the legal industry that have led to the creation of this website The different elements of the website A sample […]
The internet has had a huge change in a lot of different industries. KPCB analyst Mary Meeker’s slideshow demonstrates just a few of them. KPCB the Reimagination Consider what getting legal advice for an everyday problem – employment, family, housing – looks like now. Does it look more pre-internet (left hand) or post-internet (right-hand)? We believe […]
The London 2012 Olympics have been a triumph for the UK in both a sporting and an organisational sense. I’ve watched a fortnight of sportspeople striving to be the absolute best they can be. I’m staggered by the commitment to be the best, the hours and hours of dedication going into performing when it matters. […]
Our model for advice – step by step guides which allow a user to blog their experiences, and review their own progress, might be useful in other areas. As the quantified self movement takes off and we use more internet services, it is easier to build a timeline of events. A complaint raised by those […]
Legal advice can be daunting enough for the newcomer, but part of dissatisfaction with the status quo is that internet legal advice is, to quote another blogger, ‘worthy but dull’. Where possible, we want to show things step by step. Advice will therefore form the backbone of your diary, giving you a chronology to fill […]
Whilst developing the concept, I stumbled across the Dutch Roadmap – http://www.rechtwijzer.nl/ – which takes your basic information and lets you know your next step. Which sounds refreshingly familiar. I will be following this with interest. Further information: Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law: Projects: Signpost to Justice
Susskind’s latest book, published at the beginning of 2013, foresees some of the changes in store for the legal industry. It is well worth a read. You can pick up a copy at Amazon. We believe NextSteps fits into such a vision. It empowers clients, allowing them to source legal advice from a variety […]
Thursday 14 March 2013 by Catherine Baksi Offering pay-as-you-go legal advice could enable solicitors to help clients denied legal aid after 1 April and may help firms generate more work, the Law Society president suggested today.
The Government are committed to reducing the Legal Aid bill to find the savings that government departments, including the Ministry of Justice, have to find. Full details of what is still in the scope of Legal Aid and what isn’t can be found here. This has increased focus on unbundling as a way of increasing […]
Unbundling family legal services 1 May 2013 Contents 1 Introduction 1.1 Who should read this practice note? 1.2 What is the issue 1.3 Professional conduct 1.4 Status of this practice note 1.5 Terminology 2 SRA principles 3 What is unbundling? 4 Risks of unbundling 4.1 Duty of care 4.2 Going beyond your retainer’s limits 4.3 […]
Having to exclude a child can be a difficult decision for a headteacher to make, and not one which is made lightly. If you feel you have no other alternative but to exclude, thoughts will turn to making sure that the decision is legally defensible. This is a step-by-step guide to the exclusions process, which […]
A headteacher’s letter should include: the reasons for the decision – this should be full enough for the pupil to understand the case against them. that the exclusion is permanent, or the period of the fixed exclusion a parent’s right to make representations to the governing body how these reputation should be made the parents […]
In the case of a permenant exclusion, the head teacher must, without delay, notify the governing body and the local authority. If the pupil lives in a different local authority, that should be notified as well. The Governing Body will then set up a review meeting.
Preparing for the Governing Body review a governing body must meet to review the headteacher’s decision to exclude if: the exclusion is permanent the exclusion will result in the pupil missing an exam or national curriculum test the exclusion will take the pupil’s total data exclusion above 15 for the term exclusion will take the […]
What is the Governing Body’s role? The GB should consider representations from: The parents The Head Teacher A Local Authority Representative The governing body can decide to either: uphold the exclusion direct reinstatement of the people, either immediately or in a particular date Ensuring fairness the governing body should ensure that all parties are supported […]
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