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Working as a Neurodivergent Intermediary

March 18th – 24th is Neurodiversity Celebration Week. While awareness days in general may not be without their faults (see: recent International Women’s Day criticism), these annual markers do provide an important opportunity for visibility - and to inspire action from both individuals and organisations. The Neurodiversity Celebration Week organisers... Continue reading

Communicourt sponsors Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2024

We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards, otherwise known as the LALYs. Communicourt is sponsoring the ‘Disability Rights’ category and nominations are now open. This will be the 22nd Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards and nominations will close on 22... Continue reading

Communicourt announced as a category sponsor at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2024 

Communicourt is the sponsor for the Criminal Law category in this year’s Yorkshire Legal Awards.   The Awards is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and the awards ceremony will be held in Leeds in October. Nominations have now opened for the awards and the deadline for submissions is 19 July.  ... Continue reading

New Guidance: Use of intermediaries in family proceedings

In January 2024, a new High Court Judgement from Mrs Justice Lieven was published, including guidance on intermediary use in family proceedings (West Northamptonshire Council v KA & Ors [2024]). Below you will find a quick guide to what has changed, and extra information about some practical considerations which may arise... Continue reading

National business award for Communicourt

Communicourt has been handed the silver award for Positive Impact in the SME National Business Awards. The Positive Impact Award is for businesses who innovate and adapt to thrive and benefit the wider community. The awards ceremony took place on Friday 1 December at Wembley Stadium. Communicourt was recognised for... Continue reading

Reflections from the Access to Justice Conference 2023

This month  we hosted Communicourt’s first ever conference. Held in partnership with UK legal reform charity JUSTICE, the Access to Justice Conference 2023 took place in Leeds and online, with attendees including legal practitioners, law students, clinical psychologists, ISVAs (independent sexual violence advisors) and representatives from many other connected professions.... Continue reading

DLD Day: A hidden difficulty in legal proceedings

20th October 2023 marks Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) Day. The importance of this event is not to be underestimated. DLD is one of the least known speech, language and communication difficulties, but a condition which affects approximately 7.6% of all children (amounting to around 1 million children in the UK).... Continue reading
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Understanding Selective Mutism & adapting legal proceedings

October is Selective Mutism Awareness Month. This month, we published a new edition of the Accessing Justice Podcast. In the latest episode, intermediary, Demi, interviews speech & language therapist Susannah Thomson about all things Selective Mutism (including the fantastic work of SMIRA, the Selective Mustism Information & Research Association). Demi... Continue reading
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My Intermediary Journey: Georgia and speaking English as a second language

Hello, everyone! I’m Georgia, and I've been working as an intermediary at Communicourt for the past year and a half. I was born and grew up in Greece and moved to the UK over five years ago for my post-graduate studies. English is my second language, and I must admit... Continue reading
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Bite-sized ‘take homes’ from the Vulnerable Accused Conference

This month, members of the Communicourt team attended the Vulnerable Accused Conference at the University of Birmingham, attended by academics from a range of backgrounds (including law, criminology and speech and language therapy). Over the two-day event, speakers presented their research on a range of topics relevant to the intermediary role... Continue reading