Court security and the professional court user

Posted by - 22nd March 2019

Over the last few weeks social media channels have been awash with complaints relating to security searches at court buildings, practitioners have been pondering why they have to be searched at all, and why on occasion the interaction between themselves and security staff has been so poor. As a result of some recent posts the

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Mind the gap: the case for a law centre in Lewisham

Posted by - 22nd March 2019

A new report into legal need in Lewisham has found that a significant majority of issues raised by constituents at MPs’ surgeries are legal problems (63%), and has identified several key features in the borough’s population which indicate an increased need for legal advice. Against this backdrop of legal need, a leading partnership between Southwark

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JusticeWatch: Sharing Solutions Conference

Posted by - 15th March 2019

Sharing Solutions Conference This year’s conference will be held on Tuesday, May 21. It is a collaboration involving LegalVoice, the LIP Network, LIP Support Strategy and the Access to Justice Foundation. It will focus on showcasing and discussing solutions that will address key issues faced by the access to justice sector today. Sessions are likely to cover:

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My Justice First Fellow: Naima Asif

Posted by - 15th March 2019

Naima Asif was one of the first barristers to qualify under The Legal Education Foundation’s Justice First Fellowship. After a year as a caseworker at Advocate, the Bar’s pro bono unit, she completed pupillage at Pump Court Chambers in London in October 2018. You can read the rest of the series here.  I want to

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JusticeWatch: Courageous advocates

Posted by - 8th March 2019

Courageous advocates ‘If there is any symbol of women’s progress in the legal profession and judiciary, then Baroness Hale of Richmond embodies it,’ began an interview by The Times’ recently retired legal editor Frances Gibb to coincide with International Women’s Day. ‘My impression is that judges are now a great deal more courteous and patient

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LASPO review ‘just kicking the can down the road’

Posted by - 8th March 2019

A Labour government would reinstate legal aid for housing and welfare benefits advice and provide funding for families of the bereaved at inquests. At a meeting of the all party parliamentary group on legal aid last week, the shadow justice minister Richard Burgon promised support for the legal advice sector including ‘a new golden age’

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JusticeWatch: Right to rent ruling

Posted by - 1st March 2019

‘Right to rent’ ruling The government’s controversial ‘Right to Rent’ scheme was causing racial discrimination and violating human rights laws, the High Court has found – according to a report in the Independent this morning. The law, which requires private landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants, was found to violate the European Convention

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Grayling’s rehabilitation revolution ‘set up to fail’

Posted by - 1st March 2019

Chris Grayling’s 2013 probation reforms were ‘set up to fail’ and the number of offenders returned to prison had ‘skyrocketed’, a watchdog has warned. According to a scathing new report by the National Audit Office (NAO) into the Transforming Rehabilitation reforms, the restructuring of probation services had failed to hit the Ministry of Justice’s own targets

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JusticeWatch: Supporting the next generation of social welfare lawyers

Posted by - 22nd February 2019

Farewell to Steve Steve Hynes is leaving LAG at the end of the month after 11 years as its director. Carol Storer, the former director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, has been appointed as interim director. ‘Steve played a leading role in campaigning against the cuts introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment

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Child poverty to hit record levels within the next five years

Posted by - 22nd February 2019

Child poverty in Britain will rise to record levels within the next five years with an extra 1 million children in poverty, claims a thinktank. This article first appeared on the Justice Gap here. According to the Resolution Foundation in its annual Living Standards Outlook, three out of ten children (30%) lived in relative poverty

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