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
‘With hope in our hearts, we look forward to prosecutions, accountability and real justice for the 96,’ said Ruth Bundey, speaking on behalf of the lawyers who acted for the Hillsborough families last night at the Legal Aid Lawyers of the Year award ceremony. This year the award for outstanding achievement was given collectively to
James Nichol is best known for his miscarriage of justice work (Bridgewater Four; M25 Three; Colin Wallace). Here he explains why the refugee crisis has led him to forge a new temporary career – as a wholesaler. (Sketch by Dilly Boase) We finally made it to Calais (see here). First things first. The total amount
Five years on, how would today’s pared-down criminal justice system cope with disorder on the scale of the 2011 riots? It wouldn’t, says defence solicitor Julian Young. Last week we ran an article by a former senior Crown prosecutor who asked to remain anonymous (Five years after the riots – and not a single lesson learned) It
The Ministry of Justice published its quarterly legal aid statistics. It is a picture of the first full three years after the civil legal aid cuts of 2013. What do they tell us about the state of access to justice in England and Wales? A version of this article appeared on the Law Centres Network website