An introduction from our founder, Dr Yuri Rapoport B.Sc. S.J.D.
“Britain’s standing as having a world-renowned legal system – which is worth billions to the UK economy and is a reputation which has evolved over hundreds of years – has enabled us to play the leading role in the promotion of the Rule of Law, with fairness and the commitment to protect all in society being fundamental.
“However, barriers in different shapes and sizes, are preventing both individuals and businesses – from all walks of life – in gaining access to justice. This has to stop. The list of barriers is increasing – and those affected by the various barriers is widening. The main barriers include: an inability to afford or finance legal costs; poor transparency and visibility within the legal world, which has created a lack of trust among those seeking – or who could and should seek – legal support; and a lack of knowledge and understanding as to legal process – starting with not knowing where to turn for relevant and affordable legal support. These barriers mean Britain is dangerously close to losing the reputation it has earned as having a world-renowned legal system.
“We are not just talking here about the severe cuts which have been made to our publicly funded legal system in recent years. While these cuts mean that the most vulnerable in our society are suffering the very real consequences of poorer representation, affordability – albeit the most quoted barrier to accessing justice – is not only one of many barriers at play, but is actually affecting more than just society’s most disadvantaged. Other barriers, such as those highlighted above, are collectively preventing millions – not just those classed as ‘society’s most vulnerable’- from accessing justice.
“That is why Legal Cost Finance provides solutions suitable to all those in our society who require legal support. For lawyers, we are enabling them to fulfil their role in administering justice. No longer do lawyers need to worry about where their next client will come from and whether their income targets will be met. Catalist, our exclusive panel membership scheme for lawyers, connects clients, who are fully-funded thanks to Legal Cost Finance, with the legal support that’s right for them.
“We are changing the legal landscape forever and for the better. Legal Cost Finance will soon become a byword in quality, trust and synergy – and ultimately, in becoming the catalyst which provides access to justice to all. In turn, Catalist is becoming the byword for meeting income targets among lawyers. We are changing the legal landscape forever and for the better – and we encourage you to become a part of the revolution.”
What if there were no barriers to legal support, available to everyone, irrespective of their legal matter and individual circumstances?
To some, that might be the same as starting a sentence with ‘in a perfect world…’
But here at Legal Cost Finance, we are making it happen. We are making access to justice a reality for all. And through Catalist, our membership panel for lawyers, your practice can be part of the revolution.
The SRA ‘Risk Outlook 2016/17’, July 2016, states that there is no one single barrier to accessing legal services, but a number of connected frustrations and hurdles that many feel will not be resolved. These include:
- Cost and the perception of cost;
- Lack of local provision;
- Lack of information to help people compare providers;
- Not identifying a problem as ‘legal’;
- Feeling a problem is too complicated and will never be resolved;
- Lack of trust in professional advice;
- Not knowing if the benefit of taking action is worth the time/cost.
Not good. In fact, not good at all. And in the long term, it is damaging in the extreme to the legal profession, as more and more people – from all walks of life – are turning their back on traditional legal routes and in turn, their right to access justice.
In the Oscar-winning movie as Good As It Gets, Jack Nicholson utters the line, “Where’s the trust?” For many lawyers, that must be a familiar thought.
But the times, they are a’changin….