Award-winning mediator Tracy Winstanley explains why ‘We’ve always done it this way’ is a dangerous way for firms to think. Being passionate about what you do and what you want to do is essential to make a success of any business. However, knowing your market and what your client’s want is also key. Legal professionals,
Problem-solving will improve our courts. Liz Truss should finish what the previous Lord Chancellor started
In these uncertain post-Brexit times, the fate of some of Michael Gove’s criminal justice reforms is probably not at top of the list of things worrying the average citizen – writes Phil Bowen, director of the Centre for Justice Innovation. But, for us justice observers, watching how these reforms fare may give us an insight
Recent cuts in legal aid have left an estimated 2,500 children each year bringing immigration cases without access to legal representation. Many of these uniquely vulnerable children could qualify for British citizenship, if they were informed about their rights, and had help finding their way through the immigration system. A recent report by the Children’s
Shauneen Lambe explains why Just for Kids Law is calling for urgent reform in the way arrested children are treated. The treatment of children at police stations has long been an issue of concern to Just for Kids Law. We previously campaigned to close the loopholes which were allowing arrested 17 year olds to be
A series of public workshops gave Hackney Community Law Centre important insights into the emotional discomfort and stigma some clients feel when seeking advice, writes Miranda Grell There are many within the advice and IT sectors who are championing the use of technology as a way of increasing access to justice, but what do the
More tales from the housing duty desk, by Sue James. ‘This case would be so much better without my client.’ It’s a thought most of us have had at some point I’m sure but, inevitably, clients are kind of essential. Or at least I thought so until recently, when I encountered Juana, my Spanish señora.
When it comes to attacking legal aid, our new Lord Chancellor has form, argues James Sandbach The appointment of Liz Truss as Lord Chancellor has raised a few eyebrows, given her relative inexperience and lack of connection either to the world of law and legal policy, or the practice of law. Despite section 2 of the
Our new Prime Minister Theresa May famously said that too many people thought of the Tory Party as ‘the nasty party’. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 was one of May’s flagship policies that fitted with her desire to change that view. This article first appeared on www.thejusticegap.com (here) May introduced the legislation in ringing terms.
Christopher Stanley sets out the unique legal challenges still facing lawyers in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland remains a state of exception, characterised by its own particular circumstances which include a heightened security threat (largely ignored by the London media), its own cross-border arrangements (largely misunderstood by the Brexiters) and its own legacy of conflict (largely
LALYs 2016: ‘My brother was at Hillsborough. I could have been sitting on the other side of the court’
My brother was at Hillsborough. I could easily have been sitting on the other side of the courtroom, says Liverpool solicitor Terry Wilcox I was one of the solicitors involved in the Hillsborough inquest, which was the longest in British legal history. However, my personal involvement with this case began much earlier – on 15