Firstly, when is the Tribunal hearing? If it less than 14 days away, then obtaining professional or semi professional help could be difficult. Secondly, what element of PIP are appealing against? Is it an increase in a certain number descriptors, or for a full review? Look for a Community Law Centre in your area, if there is one approach them, if they can they will invariably try and help. If not, if you have University, with a Law School, approach them, some final years students specialise in Social Security Law, and they may be willing to assist you. Organisations like AGE UK, are not geared up to help that much. I would further suggest you come back to the forum with more details, then perhaps the forum members may be able to provide more in-depth advise. Good Luck. Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to!
I beg to differ about approaching University Law Schools. When I was represented by a superb solicitor, courtesy of my local Community Law Centre, he had with him two final year students who were shadowing him during a week of Tribunal hearings. Their intention was to be able, if they could, to offer advice and if possible represent the claimant, as a McKenzie Friend. I also know of two University Law Schools who encourage Final Year Student to help the disadvantaged. You mention Kent, may I suggest the following. https://www.kent.ac.uk/law/clinic/ or www.essex.ac.uk/departments/law/essex-law-clinic or https://www.sussex.ac.uk/about/community/community-features/law-clinicsThere is another option, Google local solicitors who offer Pro Bono representation. A long shot, I know, but there are some very nice solicitors, with a social conscience. Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to!
However, talking to and receiving advice from someone who has an interest in the law (A Law Student)
Approaching CAB, Local Council Welfare Rights, Law Centres has been mentioned before. And as with your comments regarding Schools of Law, they, similarly. can be very inconsistent across the country. I have no idea where you live, but access to 'properly funded advice centres' is not universal across the country. Properly funded? By whom? Local Authorities are cutting back on anything they deem unnecessary.. (Take a look at Nottingham) CAB, I would not call their expertise Universal. Read some of the comments on this forum. TUC Centre? If you live in a rural part of the country you have about as much chance of finding a TUC Centre as finding 'Gold in them there hills.' When I suggested contacting University Law School, I made it clear, FINAL YEAR STUDENTS. I also mentioned that, from my experience and others, that some students actually shadow solicitors when they attend Tribunals, training for the day when they qualify. A McKenzie friend does not have to be legally trained, agreed. However, talking to and receiving advice from someone who has an interest in the law (A Law Student) and having access to a lot more information in relation to the intricacies of the various Social Security Acts, than the man in the street, must be of some value. They may even be able to steer the person seeking advice towards a solicitor, who may offer Pro Bono advice.When a man is drowning, he will clutch at straws. Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to!
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