Welcome to Law for Life!

You haven't heard from us for a while, but we've been busy.  Over the summer we've made the transition from the Public Legal Education Network, hosted by Advice Services Alliance, to become a new independent charity, Law for Life: the Foundation for Public Legal Education. 

We have three distinguished patrons: Sir Henry Brooke, Professor Dame Hazel Genn DBE QC and Lord Justice Neuberger, Master of the Rolls, plus a group of very able trustees led by chairman Michael Smyth CBE. Read more about our patrons and trustees on our website.

We want to say  a huge thank you to all our friends, supporters and generous donors who have made this possible.

We have a lot to do over the coming months.
We are making plans for a launch event in the New Year. We have to started to revise the Plenet website to rebrand it as Law for Life. The results of our work with Bristol University are about to be published and our European project is about to begin.  More in next month's newsletter.

Martin Jones
Law for Life

New European Networking Project

Demanding Fundamental Rights: Law-related Adult Education
Law for Life has made a successful bid for European funds to join a new European partnership of adult education organisations.  Lisa Wintersteiger, Director Policy and Research for Law for Life said,  ‘We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from Grundtvig under their Lifelong Learning Programme. This will be an exciting opportunity to share our experiences of public legal education in the UK, as well as the important lessons we have learned from our international members in recent years. The work will highlight innovations in theory and practice in the field and help us to work more effectively with our European partners to work across borders and ensure that more people are able to exercise their fundamental rights.  More on the Grundtvig project.

Developing a strategic approach to building legal capability in Scotland

Consumer Focus Scotland continues to advance its understanding of public legal education and in particular the concept of legal capability – what does it include? How can it be acheived?

Read about their June seminar, the Seminar Report and find out more about the work of Consumer Focus.

Video on the web

Éducaloi, a charity based in Quebec in Canada produces excellent videos on everyday legal issues which are published on YouTube. This article includes a glimpse of what it’s like to make a video and useful tips for would be programme makers. Read more about Éducaloi and view their videos on YouTube.

Better Information handbook 

The Victoria Law Foundation in Australia have published their own version of Advicenow's guide to producing better information for the public on rights and the law. It's a great example of international cooperation to share and develop resources. Mary Webber, information manager at Advicenow said, 'It's great to see our work taken forward by our colleagues in Australia.  They've taken the lessons from our evaluation and used their own experience to significantly improve the handbook.' Read more about Advicenow's Better Information Project. Read the Handbook and find out more about the Victoria Law Foundation's education programme.

60 second interview

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Sarah Dougherty from Éducaloi makes videos about common legal issues. To many, the law is  a mystery and can be intimidating, and so videos are produced using everyday language. Sarah’s top tip:

’Reach out into the community, keep things lively and use a lot of humour’.

Read the interview with Sarah.


Professor Martin Partington interviewed Law for Life Director, Martin Jones earlier this year for his blog. Listen to their discussion about PLE here.


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