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THE LEGAL Action Group (LAG) and the Nuffield Foundation announce this week they are undertaking an alternative fundamental review - more wide-ranging than the Lord Chancellor's.
Eight experts at the cutting edge of legal developments around the world will be among those taking part in the project, called Shaping the Future.
A one-day conference in November, at which Lord Woolf will chair a discussion on the future for civil litigation, will be followed by a series of seminars and the publication of a book.
LAG's director, Roger Smith, says: "We want to develop a new agenda. The Government's own review is too narrowly focused on legal aid.
"We still live in a society where everyone does not have access to justice. Accepting the financial limitations on any government, we need to find imaginative and new ways in which we can work to remedy this situation."
Among those participating in the conference on 12 November will be Geoff Budlender, national director of the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa, and Gordon Hardy, executive director of the People's Law School in Vancouver.