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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JusticeWatch: Making a mockery of justice

Posted by - 11th January 2019

Making a mockery of justice Tuckers, the defence firm representing a convicted killer who has absconded, denied being ‘professional embarrassed’ following an outcry over the granting of legal aid for his appeal – as reported in the Justice Gap here. Jack Shepherd was found guilty in his absence in July last year of the manslaughter

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Christmas at the foodbank: ‘I’m living off food vouchers’

Posted by - 21st December 2018

There are already 15 people at the foodbank at St Matthew’s Church, just off the busy Wandsworth Bridge Road, South Fulham by the time we arrive shortly after doors open. Volunteer Sue is on hand to make sure everyone receives a cheery welcome and a hot cuppa as they wait to pick up their emergency

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Doing it Yourself: litigants in person in the post-LASPO family court

Posted by - 14th December 2018

The reforms to legal aid in England and Wales have been the subject of significant controversy since their implementation under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act in April 2013. In my recently completed doctoral research, I examined the ways in which this has marked a fundamental shift in how different people

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JusticeWatch: ‘The dead rat is still there…’

Posted by - 7th December 2018

Justice in a time of austerity The BBC’s home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani made an unpleasant discovery at the Royal Courts of Justice. ‘The dead rat is still there,’ he tweeted. He couldn’t attach a photo because ‘that’s a breach of the law banning filming in courts’. ‘So here, for the one and only time,

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Labour vows to reinstate legal aid for benefit apeals

Posted by - 6th December 2018

The shadow justice minister has promised to commit a Labour government to reinstating legal aid for benefits appeals as soon as it takes power. Writing for the Guardian yesterday, Labour MP Richard Burgon wrote that out of all the cuts to legal aid, ‘the slashing of advice for ill and disabled people unfairly denied their

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