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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Becca Stacey

Evidence in the face of DWP denial

After an incredible two years at Z2K, this week is my last. One thing that has become resoundingly clear through my time here, is how vital on-the-ground front-line and lived experience evidence is in rebutting the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) often unfounded claims of its good practice and improvement.

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29 months later: unlawful decisions and unfairness to individuals

24 July 2019 was quite some time ago. Boris Johnson had just been voted in by Conservative Party members as Prime Minister. Lil Nas X had just broken the record for weeks at number 1 in the charts with the smash-hit Old Town Road. And if anyone were to mask up on public transport, you might have thought them eccentric, to say the least. But for Marsha, a Z2K client, that was when she became one of the hundreds of thousands of ‘losers’ from the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) transition from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

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