Cuts to legal aid mean that fewer people are able to access legal advice or representation, and many people with legal problems don’t know where to turn or know about the help and support that is available.
The Jeanie Project is a charity which supports access to legal advice for people on low incomes and/or who are vulnerable. It does this by providing community groups and charities with technology/software to help connect the people they are supporting with legal advice and information.
The Jeanie Project has received funding to further develop and pilot the technology, supporting local staff and volunteers to help identify a legal issue, and collect the relevant information to send electronically to a lawyer or adviser.
In 2015, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff attended a seminar organised by Richard Susskind and Alan Paterson at Strathclyde University, on the subject of legal innovation. One of the speakers was Karl Chapman, CEO of Riverview Law, an ABS (alternative business structure) located near Liverpool. Karl was talking about the technology that underpins Riverview’s business model, and it occurred to Lucy that possibly this technology could work to connect people on low incomes with legal advice and information. Lucy’s vision has become the Jeanie Project. Since the beginning Riverview has offered its resources and services pro bono.
The Jeanie Project has been established as a charity, with the primary the function of making the system available to suitable organisations.
The Jeanie Project has received funding from the Legal Education Foundation to pilot the technology with local charities.
Who we are
The three current directors/trustees of the Jeanie Project are:
- Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE – a practising solicitor and former President of the Law Society of England and Wales;
- Richard Miller – the Head of Legal Aid at the Law Society of England and Wales;
- Martin Barnes – the Chief Executive of the charity LawWorks (the Solicitors Pro Bono Group), and a trustee of the Advice Services Alliance.