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Giving Legal Advice: An Adviser's Handbook 2nd ed

ISBN13: 9781908407436
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781903307496
Published: March 2014
Publisher: Legal Action Group
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £30.00

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Giving legal advice: an adviser’s handbook is a unique guide to the best practice, skills and tactics for advising clients and conducting cases. The basic principles of giving advice and resolving clients’ problems are explained in a highly practical way. Key areas of social welfare law are outlined and each topic is helpfully illustrated with flow-charts and sample documentation.

Since the first edition of this book (published as The Adviser’s Toolkit) there has been a significant reduction in the funding and availability of legal advice services. New models of advice services are emerging in an attempt to fill the gap left by government cuts and there are growing numbers of self-representing individuals – litigants in person – who need as much help and guidance as possible to navigate the legal system.

Contents include guidance on:

  • Funding legal advice and paying for advice
  • studying, qualifying and becoming an adviser
  • core adviser skills
  • adviser/client relationship
  • taking instructions, identifying needs and moving a case forward
  • external influences on the adviser/client relationship
  • strategies for dealing with vulnerable clients
  • interview skills
  • giving and recording advice
  • advocating for the client
  • case management
  • case resolution: courts and tribunals and ADR
  • understanding the legal system and how to undertake legal research
  • general advice for litigants in person
  • advice for the litigant in person in courts and tribunals

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Part 1: Advice frameworks
1. Advice agencies
2. Funding legal advice and paying for advice
3. Studying, qualifying and becoming an adviser
4. Core adviser skills

Part 2: The adviser/client relationship
5. The adviser and their client
6. The client
7. Taking instructions, identifying needs and moving a case
8. External influences on the adviser/client relationship

Part 3: Advice skills
9. Interviewing
10. Giving advice and recording advice
11. Advocating for the client

Part 4: Case progression and case management
12. Case management on individual files
13. Case management as part of an organisation

Part 5: Case resolution
14. Building up the client’s case
15. Resolving the case: no court or tribunal
16. Resolving the case: alternative dispute resolution
17. Resolving the case: courts and tribunals

Part 6: Using the law
18. Legal systems, courts and tribunals in England and Wales
19. Legal research

Part 7: The litigant in person
20. The litigant in person: general advice
21. The litigant in person in court or tribunal

A Precedents
B Useful organisations
C Courses and training
D National Occupational Standards for Legal Advice
E A Guide to Representing Yourself in Court, The Bar Council,April 2013 383
F Glossary of terms 425