‘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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Strike call: Barristers threaten ‘ultimate weapon’

Posted by - 23rd May 2012

Barristers should consider ‘the ultimate weapon’ and threaten strike action over legal aid cuts and delays to their payments, argued the chairman of the Criminal Bar Association last week. A new survey of over 1,600 CBA members found almost nine out of 10 respondents (89%) were willing to take direct action. Speaking at the group’s

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LegalVoice goes live, and LASPO receives Royal Assent

Posted by - 2nd May 2012

Today sees the launch of LegalVoice, a new online magazine for all professionals committed to access to justice – the day after the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 received Royal Assent. See below. LegalVoice is an online magazine about ‘access to justice’. It is aimed at legal aid law firms,

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Leading civil liberties firms merge

Posted by - 1st May 2012

The leading civil liberties firms Deighton Guedalla and Pierce Glynn merged today. ‘We are merging because we admire each other’s work,’ commented Jane Deighton, a founding partner of Deighton Guedalla is now director of the new firm. Deighton Pierce Glynn (as the new firm is called) will – in its words – ‘retain the ethos

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Event: is prison too soft?

Posted by - 30th April 2012

TICKETS AVAILABLE: The Prisoners Advice Service is having its annual debate later this month at the City law firm Lovells. It is part of the JusticeGap series and the second time PAS has teamed up with www.thejusticegap.com. You can read a conversation between Jonathan Aitken and Frances Crook promoting last year’s debate in the Guardian

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Legal aid bill concessions

Posted by - 20th April 2012

Ministers backed down on controversial plans to make it harder for victims of domestic violence to claim legal aid; but otherwise refused to bow to all but three of the 11 amendments. On Tuesday night MPs debated the amendments made to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill during its passage through the

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One in four complaints about lawyers to do with costs

Posted by - 8th April 2012

‘Cost’ was the single most common cause of complaints from clients about their lawyers, according to a new report published Legal Ombudsman. It found that in ‘20% to 25%’ of all its investigations consumers felt they had been ‘over-charged, confused, or surprised’ at the costs. The legal ombudsman Adam Sampson warned lawyers that they ‘must

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