4 August 2011
Advice organisations, rather than professional lawyers, are becoming key players in legal arenas, particularly for citizens whose access to rights is most limited. A grant of over one million euros has been awarded to Dr Morag McDermont at the University of Bristol by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the ways in which UK advice agencies mediate between citizens and the practices of law.
Dr McDermont, a member of the CMPO, and Senior Lecturer from the University’s School of Law, will lead a research team in a four-year study of the role of advice agencies. The research will focus primarily on Citizens Advice — the UK’s leading advice organisation — to understand how people experience law in their everyday lives.