Tribunal calls for more free help

Alison McKenna, president of the Charity Tribunal, has called for more charity lawyers to offer pro bono help to appellants to the Charity Tribunal.

The Chancery Bar Association has assembled a panel of about 10 lawyers after McKenna said she was concerned about the cost of legal representation in the tribunal (18 June, page 4).

McKenna said she hoped more lawyers would sign up in due course. "I am grateful to those involved and impressed by the speed with which they have got such a comprehensive project off the ground," she said.

But the appellant in the tribunal's first case told Third Sector he had not heard about the scheme.

Nagendram Seevaratnam, who is appealing against his removal as a trustee of the Sivayogam temple in south London (11 June, page 5), said his difficulty in finding affordable legal representation had forced him to ask for his case to be delayed (10 September, page 4). He said his current solicitor hoped to limit his fees to £10,000.

- See Profile, pages 14-15.

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