The Law Society is launching a scathing attack on the Government's Access to Justice bill through a national advertising campaign.
The £600,000 campaign, which will run from 26-29 May in a number of national and regional newspapers, argues that the bill will undermine “the ability of the poorest and most vulnerable to have access to justice”.
Four adverts will be published depicting a victim of domestic violence, a victim of racial violence, a child suffering from asthma and a worker disabled by her employer (pictured), which reads: “This young girl was disabled by her employers' negligence. Under the Access to Justice Bill, the legal aid she needs to fund her case against them won't be available.”
The adverts are being run with the backing of Refuge, the National Housing Federation, RADAR, and Neville and Doreen Lawrence, the parents of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.
A Law Society spokesman says: “This is about the services that our members provide to their clients.”
Although the bill is already being considered by a House of Commons standing committee (see box, right) he says the campaign can still make an impact on the general public.
“It is valuable now,” he adds.