JusticeWatch: Legal Aid Matters

Posted by - 19th July 2019

The shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon MP pledged that a Labour government would restore ‘all of early legal help’ in its first week in government at a Justice Alliance event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of legal aid. Will Bordell reported on the event for the Justice Gap. Richard Burgon described Lord Willy Bach’s report on access

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Justcie Watch: LALY 2019 winners

Posted by - 12th July 2019

LALY winners in full The human rights lawyer who acted in the ‘right to die’ and assisted suicide cases brought by Debbie Purdy and Tony Nicklinson has won the outstanding achievement at this week’s Legal Aid of the Year awards. Paul Bowen QC, of Brick Court Chambers, thanked his ‘legal aid heroes’ who were his

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JusticeWatch: The MoJ’s ‘culture of refusal’

Posted by - 28th June 2019

The MoJ’s ‘culture of refusal’ Lawyers who help people in danger of losing their homes claim they are being forced to take on cases at their own financial risk as the Legal Aid Agency adopts a ‘culture of refusal, reported The Guardian. Applications for legal aid in homelessness cases has ‘tumbled’ despite a steep rise

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JusticeWatch: Growing ‘justice gap’ in discrimination cases

Posted by - 21st June 2019

David vs Goliath Victims of discrimination were being denied access to justice and offenders going unchallenged as a result of a ‘failing’ legal aid system, as reported in the Justice Gap. A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission revealed that between 2014 and 2018 no workplace discrimination cases were backed by legal aid

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JusticeWatch: Droughts and deserts

Posted by - 14th June 2019

Droughts and deserts Barrister Jo Wilding published new research on the supply side of the market for immigration and asylum legal aid services. The map above shows large areas (in grey) where there are no providers at all. But even in areas where there is at least one provider, the research reveals that ‘advice droughts’ can

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JusticeWatch: #TakeYourMPtoWork

Posted by - 7th June 2019

#TakeYourMPtoWork The Young Legal Aid Lawyers and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid are running a joint campaign: #TakeYourMPtoWork. They say: ‘We’re organising MPs to visit law centres and legal advice clinics during June to see first-hand why comprehensive early legal advice is so vital. MPs will meet with legal aid lawyers and in many cases shadow

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JusticeWatch: LALYS 2019 shortlist announced

Posted by - 31st May 2019

LASPO cuts ‘exacerbate extreme poverty’ The ‘dramatic rolling back’ of the legal aid scheme has been identified as one of the causes of ‘the systematic immiseration of millions’ across the UK, according to the UN’s expert on poverty and human rights Philip Alston, the UN rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, called the imposition

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JusticeWatch: New line up at the MoJ

Posted by - 10th May 2019

New line up at the MoJ The prime minister ‘appears to have taken advantage of a comparative lull in politics to shuffle roles at the Ministry of Justice’, reported the Law Society’s Gazette. Robert Buckland QC MP has been appointed as a minister of state with responsibility for prisons, replacing Rory Stewart MP. Buckland is

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JusticeWatch: Last chance for the CPS

Posted by - 3rd May 2019

Last chance The criminal Bar is threatening direct action. Chris Henley QC, the head of the Criminal Bar Association, in a message to the profession headed ‘Tuesday is the last chance for the CPS’, reported on recent meetings with CPS senior management team. ‘On each occasion we have made it clear that the state of

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All my days: Pippa Banham

Posted by - 3rd May 2019

Pippa Banham is a trainee solicitor and Justice First Fellow at Suffolk Law Centre (SLC), which is one of the UK’s newest law centres. She is due to qualify in 2021. Before starting her training contract, Pippa was a discrimination legal advisor at SLC, and was previously a core member of No More Page 3,

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