Good Law Project is today launching a new independent law firm ‘Good Law Practice’, headed up by Jamie Potter, currently the joint Head of Bindmans’ Public Law and Human Rights team.
The firm will – alongside Good Law Project’s paid and pro-bono panel of solicitors – help to run litigation brought by the Project and its partners. It will build specialist advisory capacity to help communities build the ownership models – housing, businesses, land – that work for them. And it will train those who believe the law exists to serve society rather than the wealthy. It will be regulated by the SRA.
The firm will be funded by Good Law Project and will make its services available to Good Law Project, and its partners, on terms they can afford. It will start with four qualified lawyers, plus a number of paralegals and support staff. However, it is expected to double in size by the end of the year. Any profits it makes will be returned to Good Law Project.
The firm plans to open for business from June 2022.
Jo Maugham, Director of Good Law Project said:
“We are delighted to have a lawyer of Jamie Potter’s calibre leading the firm. We want to foster legal structures that help people respond to the world around them. The engagement that follows is, we believe, how we make a better world and fulfil the desire we all share to leave a better world than we found. Delivering on this is my mission.”
“The Practice will help us become even more responsive to the needs of the communities that we serve, in a world, and a political system that is growing ever more dynamic. And to train lawyers that share our mission.”
Jamie Potter, incoming Managing Director of the new firm, Good Law Practice said:
“This is an exciting opportunity to build a law firm that can support and facilitate the exceptional work being done by Good Law Project to scrutinise public decision-making through the law, and to empower under-represented groups to participate in a legal system that can often feel impenetrable to the uninitiated.
“We want Good Law Practice to be a training ground for the public law and social welfare lawyers of the future. Such expertise is invaluable as trust in our political system is eroded, wealth is distributed increasingly unequally and legal aid is constantly narrowed.”
Alongside this announcement, we are launching a recruitment exercise for new lawyers and paralegals. We’re particularly keen to hear from those with expertise in and/or a passion for housing, civil rights and protest law. We will also soon be recruiting for board members and would particularly like to encourage applications from groups that are often underrepresented in the law, such as disabled individuals and those from a Black or other minoritised ethnic backgrounds.
If you’d like to find out more and register your interest please contact: [email protected]
Find out more about the incoming Managing Director of Good Law Practice, Jamie Potter.
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