Justice Watch: LASPO review ‘an abdication of responsibility’

Posted by - 15th February 2019

The inevitable disappointment The long awaited LASPO review was finally published at the end of last week. ‘Not that anyone in the demoralised world of legal aid was actually looking forward to a report that the government was expected (but failed) to deliver within five years of the 2013 cuts coming in,’ I wrote in the New

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‘A turning point for access to justice?’

Posted by - 8th February 2019

‘Justice is at the centre of a safe, fair and prosperous society and this Government is committed to protecting and guaranteeing access to justice for future generations.’ Who could disagree with the sentiment behind this concluding line from the executive summary of the long-awaited review of cuts to legal aid by the Ministry of Justice? Certainly

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My Justice First Fellow: Pamela Lalbachan

Posted by - 1st February 2019

Pamela Lalbachan swapped a career in the arts and broadcasting for social welfare law. She is a Justice First Fellow at the South West London Law Centres and will qualify in February 2019. I did a degree in Spanish and Latin American studies, and spent a large part of it studying international relations and developing

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Proposals for specialist Housing Court risk ‘serious injustice’

Posted by - 1st February 2019

Without sufficient resourcing and access to legal aid, changes to the court system could be disastrous for renters, argued Shelter in response to a government consultation on plans for a specialist Housing Court which closed last week. This article first appeared on www.thejusticegap.com The consultation (Considering the case for a Housing Court) followed a call from

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My Justice First Fellowship: Alex Lowry

Posted by - 25th January 2019

Alex Lowry, 25, is a Justice First Fellow at RCJ Advice in central London. She qualified as a solicitor in 2018.   The best thing about being a legal aid lawyer is helping people who are in genuine need and seeing the change it makes in their lives. The worst thing is seeing panicked and

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JusticeWatch: Grayling’s nihilistic legacy

Posted by - 25th January 2019

A nihilistic legacy ‘Destructive’ Grayling blamed for computer chaos in courts, reported Jonathan Ames and Frances Gibb in The Times on this week’s IT meltdown. According to lawyers, the problems dated back ‘years to Chris Grayling’s “nihilistic legacy”’. Grayling, now transport secretary, was lord chancellor for three years until 2015 ‘during which time the introduction

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JusticeWatch: LASPO review ‘nearly done’…

Posted by - 18th January 2019

Low salaries are a ‘barrier to social mobility’ The Young Legal Aid Lawyers repeated calls for the reintroduction of a mandatory minimum salary after it was revealed that one in four trainee solicitors were paid below the recommended level. The Solicitors Regulation Authority scrapped the minimum salary for trainees in 2014 and now firms are required

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Fighting immigration law advice deserts

Posted by - 18th January 2019

Around 500 staff and volunteers at organisations offering support to migrants have undertaken Refugee Action’s ground-breaking online immigration law training. Its aim is to increase the number of accredited advisers nationwide, to ensure more vulnerable people have access to high quality legal advice. Fiona Bawdon reports. Fiona is head of communications at The Legal Education

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