London lawyer plugs gap in legal aid
Peer-jada Qureshi, a trained barrister and, until recently, a practicing City lawyer, is in the process of launching his own legal consultancy following a year of mentoring through the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme.
Based in Winchester and London, the new consultancy, Court and Tribunal Solutions, will in part support clients who are either unable to afford solicitors or want a quick and practical outcome to legal problems. Peer-jada’s business vision is to save all his clients time, money and stress through the adoption of a solution-focused and collaborative approach to solving legal issues.
Since 2013, access to civil legal aid has fallen by more than 50% and access to criminal legal aid is expected to suffer similar setbacks. Social welfare and family law have been most affected with drops of between 60% and 80%.