Justice without legal aid: can we learn from America?

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Date / time
Date(s) - 17/06/2014
6:00 pm

Shearman & Sterling LLP


1.5 hours CPD


  • Professor Forrest Mosten
  • Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC

This event brings together Professor Forrest Mosten and Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, who will discuss the lessons to be learned from innovations in the US in the provision of legal services. At a time of significant cuts to legal aid in the UK, we need to rethink traditional forms of delivering legal services. The US, unlike the UK, has never adopted a public service model in relation to legal aid and consequently, has had more time to address gaps in the provision of legal services. The discussion will allow legal professionals in this country to draw upon the successes and failures of our counterparts in the US, as we come to terms with the new legal aid landscape in the UK. Among other topics, the speakers will discuss the development of unbundling (or limited scope representation) in the US, and more recently, in the UK; new roles for lawyers and young lawyers; and predictions for the future.

Forrest Mosten is internationally recognised as the “Father of Unbundling” for his pioneering work in limited-scope and discrete-task services to provide affordable and understandable legal services to families. He is a certified family law specialist, collaborative lawyer, and mediator in Los Angeles for which unbundling and other non-litigation activities are the foundation of his family law practice. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the UCLA School of Law.

Geoffrey Bindman founded Bindmans in 1974 and throughout his long and distinguished legal career, has specialised in civil liberties and human rights issues. He has represented the International Commission of Jurists, the International Bar Association, Amnesty International, and other bodies in human rights missions in countries, including the former Soviet Union, Germany, South Africa, Chile, Uganda, Namibia, Malaysia, Israel and the Occupied Territories, and Northern Ireland. He is a Visiting Professor of Law at University College London and at London South Bank University.