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
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
Roger Smith, in his new column looking at the media and access to justice, takes a look at Leveson No question about the biggest justice story over the last few weeks. Nothing could beat the acres of coverage given to Lord Leveson’s report. The Guardian even gave us a breathless timeline: ‘Leveson report published –
Roger Smith begins a new column picking up news stories relevant to legal aid Legal aid practice has come in for a battering this month. Judicial review was the subject of potshots from both David Cameron and Sir John Thomas. Chris Grayling then chipped in to challenge legal aid costs in high profile judicial reviews.
Justice Watch: 26 November 2012, compiled by Emma Walker. Quote of the week: ‘It does rather stick in the craw that very wealthy defendants are getting legal aid – and people who have housing or welfare difficulties are told, “Too bad”.’ Lord Macdonald QC Legal Services Commission announces successful tenderers for telephone legal advice services