Pro bono in a post-LASPO world

Posted by - 10th May 2012

At the College of Law, although I learned about office copies, the Solicitors’ Code of Conduct and aspects of Solicitors’ Accounts long since mercifully forgotten, I was never taught about straplines – a skill which would have stood me in good stead over the years, writes Rebecca Hilsenrath. A good strapline bears up under stress,

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LASPO and the future of the Bar

Posted by - 8th May 2012

‘[…]  in the lobbying of this House and the upper House we have had an army of lawyers advancing behind a front of women and children—vulnerable claimants who they say would not be represented if they are not paid as much as they are now. I am afraid I do not believe that.’ Those were

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Welcome to LegalVoice

Posted by - 2nd May 2012

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

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A law centre revolution

Posted by - 2nd May 2012

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

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The Co-op and legal aid

Posted by - 2nd May 2012

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

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Planning for a post-LASPO world

Posted by - 1st May 2012

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

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What about our clients?

Posted by - 1st May 2012

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.

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Stimulating innovation

Posted by - 30th April 2012

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

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Future uncertain

Posted by - 30th April 2012

Simon Pugh casts his eye over the post-LASPO landscape, and looks for the detail for the forthcoming contract tender process – and finds it missing.

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LSC standard contract 2010

Posted by - 20th April 2012

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

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