Welcome to LegalVoice. Thanks for your interest. We want this website to be a source of reliable information, help and advice in the ever-changing and complex world of legal aid. Yesterday the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 received Royal Assent. We also want LegalVoice to serve as an online forum
We are on the cusp of what we consider a law centre revolution. Serving a deprived but vibrant community in East London for almost 40 years, Hackney Community Law Centre has been considered part of Hackney’s furniture, writes Ian Rathbone. Now every day, however, we are confronted by the prospect of our demise and very
In 1948, Britain was gripped by post-war austerity. The country was struggling to rebuild its battered fabric. British athletes competing in the Olympic Games were subject to even greater rationing than wartime. Yet, a remarkable thing was happening. Despite the severe economic pressures, politicians and civil servants were putting in place the framework which led
Virtually all legal aid providers have raised concerns about the impact of LASPO on clients, and predict that hundreds of thousands of clients will go without the representation that they need and that other public services will have to pick up the impact. It is likely that in real terms, the cost to the public
LASPO becoming law is not just a cut, writes Julie Bishop. That would be manageable. It is the removal of free advice across the spectrum of poverty law. No longer will people get free advice with the legal problems everyday life can throw up, problems that can affect anyone at any stage of their life.
There is little doubt that social welfare law services to some of the most vulnerable citizens in our communities will need to adapt to a changed funding environment, writes Crispin Passmore. Legal aid cuts will affect many who have relied on these services in the past. However, these are not new challenges. Research already regularly
Legal Services Commission’s Standard Contract 2010 Introduction to series of articles As of February 1st 2012, when new contracts started with Family and Family with Housing practitioners, the Legal Services Commission’s mainstream face-to-face civil and crime providers have been operating under the same standard terms, writes Vicky Ling. It is unlikely that many people have
800 words for a blog on legal aid? Where should I start? Cuts? Government attacks on legal aid? The bureaucracy facing legal aid lawyers? The appalling difficulties for those with limited finances in becoming a lawyer? These are all issues of great concern but perhaps I could write this time about the enormous importance of