Derry's community care

In the last two years the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has done the dance of the seven veils with his talk of a Community Legal Service (CLS) – promising much but revealing little. But during his speech at BPP Law School last week he finally unveiled a legal nirvana, where the poorest of the poor will be represented by hard-working advice organisations determined to fight the good fight.

It sounds wonderful. But the devil is in the detail Derry.

Advice agencies are right to be concerned at just how much funding will be provided and how the CLS scheme will work in practice rather than on paper.

However, the framework for Lord Irvine's personal crusade is well thought out and worthy. Providing a service that aims to increases access to justice is a legal reform every lawyer should applaud.