‘It’s time for barristers to make a stand and strike’

Posted by - 23rd June 2015

INTERVIEW: ‘It is time for barristers to make a stand and strike,’ said the human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield QC last week. The self-described radical lawyer made his call as defence lawyers and the government moved inexorably towards industrial action – and (as another leading QC tweeted) the profession’s leaders ‘bottled it’. This interview first appeared on www.thejusticuegap.com

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Angela Jackman on ‘thinking outside the box’ post-LASPO

Posted by - 8th October 2014

Leading legal aid lawyer Angela Jackman has recently been recognised as one of eight inspirational women of colour who have helped to shape the UK. She talks about the impact of cuts to legal aid. .. Jackman, a partner at Maxwell Gillott, has worked as a solicitor since qualifying in 1987, specialising in education law,

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Sadiq Khan: ‘It’s not as simple as reversing the cuts’

Posted by - 4th March 2014

The full version of this interview with Sadiq Khan will appear on www.thejusticegap.com  ‘I’m not going to fall into the trap of saying there is a Get Out of Jail Free card if the legal aid cuts go through,’ says shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan. ‘Because I want citizens, lawyers, judges, campaigners, NGOs and politicians to

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Michael Turner QC on direct action and a united Bar

Posted by - 8th February 2013

‘Organising barristers… is a bit like herding cats. Is there any chance of getting us to agree on anything?’ began a posting on the Criminal Bar Association web site at the end of last month. Well, apparently, there is. According to the ‘legal aid barrister’ (in whose name the post appears) in ‘the robing rooms

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‘We don’t kid ourselves we can turn the clock back’

Posted by - 13th December 2012

‘What we will do is tell it like it is. We will document the need, collect the evidence and then let the evidence speak for itself.’ So says Lord Colin Low who will chair a major new post-LASPO initiative launched last week. The Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support has been

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Hugh Barrett: ‘We’re expecting test cases.’

Posted by - 7th November 2012

INTERVIEW: Next April represents a seismic shift in the legal aid world. It’s not only the LASPO cuts but the Legal Services Commission is going to be subsumed into the Ministry of Justice. Jon Robins speaks to Hugh Barrett, director of legal aid commissioning and contract management at the LSC. ‘The timetable is as of

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Peter Herbert on plans for a breakaway black football players’ association

Posted by - 25th October 2012

Professional footballers have been involved in preliminary discussions about setting up a black players’ association with the help of the Society of Black Lawyers (SBL), following a series of racism scandals in the sport, writes Elizabeth Davidson. Discussions are at an ‘early stage’ and involve ‘only a small number of players and football industry staff’,

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