JusticeWatch: Toppling the fourth pillar

Posted by - 12th April 2019

No level playing field Scotland Yard and other state bodies spent ‘almost half a million pounds in public money’ on lawyers at the Westminster terrorist attack inquest while victims’ families were denied legal aid, reported The Times. ‘Government agencies spent a total of £493,000 on legal fees whereas the families of the victims had to rely on pro bono assistance or private funding

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JusticeWatch: Book now for Sharing Solutions Conference 

Posted by - 5th April 2019

Book your place now The Sharing Solutions Conference aimed at the advice sector takes place at Allen & Overy on May 21. It a partnership between with the Advice Service Alliance, the Access to Justice Foundation, LegalVoice and the Litigant in Person Support Strategy. With interactive sessions focused on relevant and topical issues such as supporting distressed clients and the use of

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JusticeWatch: The towns where there’s no access to free legal advice

Posted by - 29th March 2019

Book your place now The Sharing Solutions Conference aimed at the advice sector takes place at Allen & Overy on May 21. It a partnership between with the Advice Service Alliance, the Access to Justice Foundation, LegalVoice and the Litigant in Person Support Strategy. With interactive sessions focused on relevant and topical issues such as supporting

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Court security and the professional court user

Posted by - 22nd March 2019

Over the last few weeks social media channels have been awash with complaints relating to security searches at court buildings, practitioners have been pondering why they have to be searched at all, and why on occasion the interaction between themselves and security staff has been so poor. As a result of some recent posts the

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Mind the gap: the case for a law centre in Lewisham

Posted by - 22nd March 2019

A new report into legal need in Lewisham has found that a significant majority of issues raised by constituents at MPs’ surgeries are legal problems (63%), and has identified several key features in the borough’s population which indicate an increased need for legal advice. Against this backdrop of legal need, a leading partnership between Southwark

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JusticeWatch: Sharing Solutions Conference

Posted by - 15th March 2019

Sharing Solutions Conference This year’s conference will be held on Tuesday, May 21. It is a collaboration involving LegalVoice, the LIP Network, LIP Support Strategy and the Access to Justice Foundation. It will focus on showcasing and discussing solutions that will address key issues faced by the access to justice sector today. Sessions are likely to cover:

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My Justice First Fellow: Naima Asif

Posted by - 15th March 2019

Naima Asif was one of the first barristers to qualify under The Legal Education Foundation’s Justice First Fellowship. After a year as a caseworker at Advocate, the Bar’s pro bono unit, she completed pupillage at Pump Court Chambers in London in October 2018. You can read the rest of the series here.  I want to

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JusticeWatch: Courageous advocates

Posted by - 8th March 2019

Courageous advocates ‘If there is any symbol of women’s progress in the legal profession and judiciary, then Baroness Hale of Richmond embodies it,’ began an interview by The Times’ recently retired legal editor Frances Gibb to coincide with International Women’s Day. ‘My impression is that judges are now a great deal more courteous and patient

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LASPO review ‘just kicking the can down the road’

Posted by - 8th March 2019

A Labour government would reinstate legal aid for housing and welfare benefits advice and provide funding for families of the bereaved at inquests. At a meeting of the all party parliamentary group on legal aid last week, the shadow justice minister Richard Burgon promised support for the legal advice sector including ‘a new golden age’

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