The Jeanie Project - access to justice through active goodwill

by The Jeanie Project - Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Richard Miller and Martin Barnes

The Jeanie Project - access to justice through active goodwill

by The Jeanie Project - Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Richard Miller and Martin Barnes
The Jeanie Project - Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Richard Miller and Martin Barnes
We are experienced lawyers, bringing together wisdom, networks and legal expertise with our belief in access to justice and relationships with a leading legal tech firm.
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on 08th August 2018
£9,675
pledged by 95 people
The Jeanie Project - Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Richard Miller and Martin Barnes
We are experienced lawyers, bringing together wisdom, networks and legal expertise with our belief in access to justice and relationships with a leading legal tech firm.

Latest: July 31, 2018

One final push - find two friends

We're growing in support and shares. From the Law Society and LawWorks, to legal firms, solicitors and barristers and law students (and the man and woman on the Clapham Omnibus), even the Mayor...

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The Jeanie Project – Ground-breaking technology will help food banks and community groups and provide access to the law for poor and vulnerable people.

We believe that anyone who needs legal advice should be able to access it – no matter what their background or income might be.

The problem

Government cuts to Legal Aid means that more and more people – the poor and vulnerable especially – are unable to access the support and legal advice that they need. Relatively simple issues quickly become overwhelming, thanks to the lack of the necessary information and appropriate support. The consequences of this can wreck lives and families, from being illegally evicted for rent arrears (Maria), discriminated out of a job (Jordan), or even removed from the country (Adnan).

The solution

There is a way to make access to legal advice more fair and equal – and it’s beautifully simple. But we need your help.

The Jeanie Project will use front-line legal experience and groundbreaking technology provided by KIM (Knowledge, Intelligence, Meaning). KIM was developed by Riverviewlaw and is provided under licence for free. Through the technology of simple-to-use online information and tools, we can help hundreds of groups in local communities to access advice, information and connections to lawyers, simply and effectively. This service will be completely free.

The project pilot will involve Toynbee Hall, a well established advice service in the East End of London. It will begin with immigration though other scenarios involving areas of ‘poverty’ or ‘social welfare’ law – including debt, housing, employment as well as family – have been developed. We hope it will then expand into MPs surgeries and other civil society organisations such as foodbanks.

How you can help

We need to test the technology and processes with the community groups who are on this early journey with us. We need to make sure it works smoothly for them and the people they help. The quicker we can do this do this quicker we can share the KIM technology with more organisations that can help.

We have been given a generous grant by the Legal Education Foundation but need more. Our target figure of £7,500 will enable us to work with our current partners over the next few months and to put everything through its paces in the community, ready for our launch early in 2019.

If 150 people contribute £50 then we can do this! The more you give, the more we can do.

We didn’t think it was fair to ask you to invest in something we hadn’t done so ourselves – so we have made the first donations. We’re also contributing our time for free.

We now until have August the 9th 2018, 8.00am to raise the funds needed. If we don’t reach our target then we don’t receive any money and more and more people will go without help. Any surplus we raise will go into bringing more partners on board.

Please donate now – and ask other people you know who care about fairness and justice to do the same and to share our message.

The future 

If The Jeanie Project is as successful as we believe it will be then we can transform access to legal advice and support in this country. We are hugely excited to be part of that. We look forward to welcoming you too.

Lucy, Richard and Martin

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The Jeanie Project - Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Richard Miller and Martin Barnes

July 31, 2018

One final push - find two friends

We're growing in support and shares. From the Law Society and LawWorks, to legal firms, solicitors and barristers and law students (and the man and woman on the Clapham Omnibus), even the Mayor of London. One more ask - please would you ask two friends or colleagues to donate what they can (be it a tenner, £25, or more if they can afford it). Thank you. We are nearly ready to roll. This goes live in September - but only with your support.

Update 1

The Jeanie Project - Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, Richard Miller and Martin Barnes

July 24, 2018

Pilot nearly ready to fly!

Thank you for supporting us! We're getting close to our target but we need more contributions and sharing. Please would you share with five to ten friends and colleagues and let them know about The Jeanie Project and the difference we're making to access to justice.

Read all about our virtual help at https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/practice/ex-society-president-spearheads-scheme-to-provide-virtual-help-to-vulnerable/5066878.article and bite sized pro bono at https://www.thelawyer.com/riverview-jeanie-project/ and our plans to support food banks and MP surgeries https://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/ai-platform-to-help-food-banks-and-mps-refer-legal-problems-to-lawyers

If it helps, we've added a template email, example tweet and extract for a newsletter on our website. Please share and help us reach our target.

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