Blog series for #ProBonoWeek

Lawyers from Cooley, Morrison & Foerster, Mayer Brown, Kingsley Napley, Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells share their experiences of Z2K's Tribunal Project.
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Sara Spratt, Allen & Overy

“It is great to see a partnership like this between a corporate law firm and a small charity which provides vital work for disadvantaged Londoners and I am delighted to be given the time by Allen & Overy to be able to be a part of it and to work on a case which really can transform someone’s life”

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Jeremy Holden, Mayer Brown

“These are people already living with very serious medical difficulties, trying to work through an intimidating legal process and it has been incredibly rewarding to have the chance to make things even just a little easier for them.” 

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Henry Vane, Hogan Lovells

“I believed that every single one of my clients deserved the benefits we were seeking on their behalf and I’m glad to help them, in a small way.”

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Clare Hastie, Kingsley Napley

“I often find when meeting with a client that their confidence has been knocked by the DWP’s decision and that they have lost faith in the system that is designed to protect and support them. Part of my role when attending a hearing with a client is to sit beside them and to be their voice when the emotions overwhelm them.”

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Harriet Sassoon, Morrison & Foerster

“Working with Z2K is incredibly rewarding not least because the impact of a positive PIP or ESA appeal can significantly improve the quality of life for individuals who are struggling to cope with the daily activities that we often take for granted.”

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Ross Keeble, Cooley

“On a personal level it has been incredibly rewarding working face-to-face with clients to help them secure the judgments they deserve, experiencing first hand just how much it means, not only on a financial level but also emotionally.”

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Marc Francis

Staying true to the mission of our founder Reverend Paul Nicolson

Last Saturday, I was privileged to attend a memorial service for Z2K’s founder – the Reverend Paul Nicolson. It was a deeply moving occasion, with wonderful stories of Paul’s life from his children and tributes from colleagues in the many campaigns he was involved in. My kids will testify I’m not much of a singer, but even I got swept up in the rousing rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic – aka “Mine eyes have seen the glory”. Thankfully, the congregation of Tottenham’s St Paul the Apostle church was on hand to sing it the way it’s meant to be sung!

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Ella Abraham

The Government has the evidence, they are choosing not to listen.

For years, the Government has had reams of evidence handed to them showing not only why the disability benefits assessments processes are simply not working – but also how they’re actively harming people. For too many who apply for health and disability benefits, they are met with barriers, hostility, and stigma, and are denied the income they’re entitled to.

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