Research Student: Jess Mant
MA by research: LASPO, Families and Structural Vulnerability
The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 has almost entirely eliminated funded representation for family law. Eligibility for legal aid is restricted to the ‘most vulnerable’ in society, which is deficiently defined and was significantly under-researched prior to the reform. My research utilises a Bourdieuian framework to examine the effectuality of vulnerability as an indicator of need for legal representation, with a specific focus on the socio-economic and structural consequences for those litigants who are now left with little option but to self-advocate.
I also have roles as teaching assistant on both the family law and foundations of law (jurisprudence) modules.