‘If people want a Rottweiler, they can go somewhere else.’

Posted by - 4th October 2012

‘We, and all other advice agencies, need to work together. We will continue to offer legal aid for as long as we can. We might well be the last man standing when it comes to legal aid.’ Christina Blacklaws, director of family law with the Co-operative Legal Services, speaks to Jon Robins. The Co-op last

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Rethinking access to justice

Posted by - 22nd June 2012

‘City’s aid sought for post-LASPO project,’ announced the Law Society earlier this month. Apparently, Chancery Lane is seeking the backing of City firms for (in its words) ‘a high-profile initiative aimed at helping high street practices and their clients meet the challenges posed by legal aid cuts’. The Society’s vice-president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff discusses the group’s

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‘There is a battle to be fought’

Posted by - 30th May 2012

‘Social welfare law is at the core of the legal aid concept,’ argues the human rights lawyer Michael Mansfied QC. ‘Legal aid is about providing safety nets. We are looking at those people who cannot look after themselves because they haven’t got the wherewithal be that financially, physically or mentally. For that safety net to

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