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Deborah James

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 James, D. and Killick, E. 2010. ‘Ethical dilemmas? UK immigration, legal aid funding reform, and case workers’ Anthropology Today 26(1):13-15 [earlier drafts were entitled ‘Afraid of the form’ and ‘At the legal interface’].

James, D. 2012. ‘Empathy and Expertise: Case Workers and Immigration/Asylum Applicants in London’. Law and Social Inquiry 37(3):430-55.

James, D. and Forbess, A. Under review. ‘Acts of assistance: navigating the interstices of the state with the help of UK non-profit legal advisers’. In Stategraphy, special issue of Social Analysis, edited by T. Thelen, K. Benda-Beckmann & L. Vetters.

James, D. 2012. ‘Rights, Welfare and Law. Legal Aid Advocacy in Austerity Britain’. Policy Briefing., see also ,

Forbess, A. 2012. ‘A report on the use of volunteers within four not for profit legal services providers’. Report for Community Links, Southwark Law Centre, Tower Hamlets Law Centre.  James, D. 2012. ‘Poverty Law’ The Justice Gap Blog

Evidence of impact

Economic impact: early intervention saves money

Bell, K. & Smerdon, M. 2011. Deep Value: the role of effective relationships in public services. London, Community Links.

Council on Social Action. 2009. Time well-spent: the importance of the one-to-one relationship between advice workers and their clients. London, Community Links.

Citizens Advice Bureau. 2010. Towards a business case for legal aid. 

Trude A and J Gibbs. 2010. Review of quality issues in legal advice: measuring and costing quality in asylum work, ICAR (Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees)

NEF Consulting. 2009. The Socio-Economic Value of Law Centres. London: NEF.

Impact on policy 2011. ‘LSE academics brief the House of Lords on potential impact of legal aid cuts’ 2/11/2011

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