How to build a law centre

Posted by - 25th July 2014

JusticeWatch, July 25 How to build a law centre An excellent and surprisingly cheery article (given the nature of the subject) about the consequences of the dread LASPO: Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi considered the phoenix-like rising of the new Birmingham Community Law Centre from the ashes of the old Law Centre, one of nine to have closed

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JusticeWatch: Chris Grayling’s Germany versus Brazil moment

Posted by - 18th July 2014

JusticeWatch: July 18 At last – an attorney general who has mastered the video link Is Jeremy Wright ‘the least distinguished attorney general for two centuries’, asked Matthew Scott. Almost all previous AGs had been ‘barristers of exceptional distinction’, Scott reflected. ‘Those who enjoy fantasy cricket could make a formidable team out of 20th century

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JusticeWatch: Chancery Lane ‘pledges support’ for defence lawyers (up to a point)

Posted by - 11th July 2014

Justice Watch, July 11 Cheque’s not in the post ‘Society pledges fresh support for criminal solicitors,’ was the headline in the Law Society Gazette. Apparently, Des Hudson has written to the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association and the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association offering them his unstinting support in their judicial review – well, up to

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JusticeWatch: Ideology over evidence

Posted by - 4th July 2014

JusticeWatch: July 4 ‘Ideology over evidence’ There aren’t many good news stories around at the moment, began Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary in the New Statesman this week. ‘Prisons are in crisis, probation is in meltdown, there’s been a spate of absconds by serious and violent criminals and the legal aid system has been

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JusticeWatch: Highway robbery

Posted by - 27th June 2014

JusticeWatch, June 27 Highway robbery Apparently, there might be more to the government’s attack on judicial review than just saving tax-payers’ money. ‘I’m not sure that this is really a question of public resources,’ Lady Brenda Hale told the House of Lords constitution select committee. ‘I think the problem is, not surprisingly, that nobody who

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JusticeWatch: Rats in the lunchbox…

Posted by - 23rd May 2014

Weekly round-up: May 23 Rats in the lunchbox, mould in the mattress ‘I have never seen the level of poverty that we are seeing today,’ said Pamela Fitzpatrick. After some 30 years in social welfare law for the likes of the Child Poverty Action Group and Citizens Advice, Fitzpatrick set up the Harrow Law Centre

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JusticeWatch: Lies, damned lies and statistics (part 2)

Posted by - 9th May 2014

Weekly round-up: May 9 Statistics, damned lies and statistics… The Bar continued its tussle with the government over whether or not they would still be coining it after a 30% cut to VHCCs in the fall out from last week’s Operation Cotton fiasco. This time Simon Hughes, the justice minister, told BBC Radio 5 Live’s

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Weekly round-up: w/c February 25th

Posted by - 1st March 2013

News Digest for week commencing 25 February 2013, by Emma Walker Legal Services Commission publishes updates on crime and civil contracts and new matter starts: The Legal Services Commission (‘LSC’) has published the final version of the 2013 Standard Civil Contract and Category Definitions 2013 on the Justice website, as well as the amended 2010

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Weekly round-up: w/c February 11th

Posted by - 15th February 2013

News Digest for week commencing 11 February 2013, by Emma Walker Legal Services Commission agrees to drop controversial contract changes: Following talks with the Law Society, the Legal Services Commission (‘LSC’) has agreed to drop controversial changes to existing legal aid contracts.  A Law Society spokeswoman said that ‘following constructive discussions with the LSC, three

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Weekly round-up: w/c January 14th

Posted by - 18th January 2013

News digest for week commencing January 14th 2013, by Emma Walker Caveat contractor: Last week saw the Legal Services Commission (‘LSC’) notify firms of the outcome of the face to face tenders for family, housing, debt and immigration contracts starting in April. The LSC confirmed demand for matter starts was high, with firms bidding for

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