JusticeWatch: Last chance for the CPS

Posted by - 3rd May 2019

Last chance The criminal Bar is threatening direct action. Chris Henley QC, the head of the Criminal Bar Association, in a message to the profession headed ‘Tuesday is the last chance for the CPS’, reported on recent meetings with CPS senior management team. ‘On each occasion we have made it clear that the state of

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All my days: Pippa Banham

Posted by - 3rd May 2019

Pippa Banham is a trainee solicitor and Justice First Fellow at Suffolk Law Centre (SLC), which is one of the UK’s newest law centres. She is due to qualify in 2021. Before starting her training contract, Pippa was a discrimination legal advisor at SLC, and was previously a core member of No More Page 3,

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Lessons from the Birmingham Pub Bombing inquest

Posted by - 3rd May 2019

The inquest into the deaths of 21 innocent civilians in the Birmingham Pub Bombings 1974 has now concluded. The inquest was heard before a jury and lasted six weeks. Over 28,000 pieces of evidence were disclosed. Witnesses included civilians, police officers, emergency response crew and former members of the IRA. The jury returned a verdict

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JusticeWatch: Sharing Solutions

Posted by - 26th April 2019

Sharing Solutions Conference Sign up for a conference aimed at people working in the access to justice sector. It takes place on Tuesday May 21, 2019 at Allen & Overy’s London office. It is a collaboration between LegalVoice, the Advice Service Alliance, the LIP Support Strategy and the Access to Justice Foundation. Attending the conference is free though a refundable £20

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JusticeWatch: Toppling the fourth pillar

Posted by - 12th April 2019

No level playing field Scotland Yard and other state bodies spent ‘almost half a million pounds in public money’ on lawyers at the Westminster terrorist attack inquest while victims’ families were denied legal aid, reported The Times. ‘Government agencies spent a total of £493,000 on legal fees whereas the families of the victims had to rely on pro bono assistance or private funding

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JusticeWatch: Book now for Sharing Solutions Conference 

Posted by - 5th April 2019

Book your place now The Sharing Solutions Conference aimed at the advice sector takes place at Allen & Overy on May 21. It a partnership between with the Advice Service Alliance, the Access to Justice Foundation, LegalVoice and the Litigant in Person Support Strategy. With interactive sessions focused on relevant and topical issues such as supporting distressed clients and the use of

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JusticeWatch: The towns where there’s no access to free legal advice

Posted by - 29th March 2019

Book your place now The Sharing Solutions Conference aimed at the advice sector takes place at Allen & Overy on May 21. It a partnership between with the Advice Service Alliance, the Access to Justice Foundation, LegalVoice and the Litigant in Person Support Strategy. With interactive sessions focused on relevant and topical issues such as supporting

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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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