Welcome to the October edition of the Law for Life newsletter. We are delighted to show off our new-look Advicenow service, with dedicated Going to Court pages for people attending court without a lawyer. We have new e-learning resources for Benefit Sanctions, a guide for young workers and our Universal Credit training…

How to avoid or deal with Benefit Sanctions

We recently published our second free e-learning course - How to avoid or deal with Benefit Sanctions. This interactive course aims to help users avoid being unnecessarily sanctioned and to help work out what to do if it does happen. 

'This really opened my eyes. I didn't know most of these things. I didn't know that I had any rights, especially about appealing wrong decisions' -user feedback.

You can find out about the course HERE.

Preparing for Universal Credit —
an holistic approach 

The new benefits system of universal credit is being gradually rolled out to boroughs across the UK.
Law for Life has developed a two day, flexible workshop to help community organisations prepare to support their beneficiaries to deal with the new system in an holistic way. 

You can find more about the workshop HERE.

New and improved Advicenow website

The Advicenow website works beautifully on phones and tablets
      ... working beautifully on
      mobiles and tablets!

      ... bringing new resources!

Going to court


One of the key new features is the dedicated ‘Going to court or tribunal’ section for litigants in person. This brings together all the best resources aimed at litigants in person from the LiPs Strategy Group as well as signposting on to further help.
‘Top picks’
The remodel presents our information ‘Top picks’ service more clearly, shining a light on best practice across the legal information sector. 
Revamping Advicenow has allowed us to emphasise the importance of skills and attitudes in legal problem solving, with a new dedicated Know-how section. It offers tips and techniques for avoiding or dealing with problems before they escalate.
Advicenow guides
Advicenow continues to offer its trademark step-by-step guides. The guides aim to provide people with the know-how they need to prevent a problem from developing, to solve it at an early stage or to manage as much of it themselves as effectively as possible.

Just updated
‘Young workers’
We explain what rights workers aged 15-22 have at work and how to make sure they are being treated properly by their employer.
‘Sorting out your finances when you get divorced’.
This guide aims to help couples who are getting divorced or ending a civil partnership understand more about what a judge might do in a case like theirs, in order to give them a better chance of making a fair agreement without having to go to court.  

What do you think about the new Advicenow?
Do you like the new design and layout? Is there anything you miss from the old site? Do you have a suggestion for anything to add or do differently? Feel free to tell us what you think by taking our survey



We are delighted to welcome to Law for Life:

John Ellis - Treasurer

John’s experience in working in and with not-for-profit organisations, giving financial and management advice over 30 years, has enabled him to gain a wide range of expertise in the issues they face. 

Neil Stott - Trustee

Neil Stott is Executive Director of the Centre for Social Innovation and Director of the Master of Studies in Social Innovation Programme, University of Cambridge

Rebecca Munro – Research and Information Assistant

Rebecca has acted as a public policy research assistant for The Texas Defender Service  and she has also acted as a research assistant for the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at The University of Warwick.  

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