JusticeWatch: Rehabilitation – not revenge

Posted by - 6th December 2019

Weapons-grade shithousery Boris Johnson was accused of plagiarism – not to mention ‘weapons-grade shithousery’ – by the Secret Barrister for having ‘basically copied and pasted my blog post’ (as reported in the Independent). Over the weekend the PM posted a 16 tweet thread on the London Bridge terror case about sentencing which bore an uncanny

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JusticeWatch: Manifesto promises and perverse incentives

Posted by - 22nd November 2019

Manifesto promises ‘Whatever the intentions of politicians and commentators, this general election is destined to be the narrowest of single-issue campaigns. Brexit will push other issues such as justice to the fringes of debate and those important but perhaps technical issues that typically struggle for airspace (eg, legal aid) won’t have a look in,’ I

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JusticeWatch: People in Wales ‘let down’ by justice system

Posted by - 25th October 2019

Commission on Justice for Wales Wales should have full control of its justice system with powers to run policing, prisons and appoint its own judges, says an independent commission (as reported by BBC News). People in Wales are ‘let down by the system in its current state’, concluded the Commission on Justice for Wales. ‘As

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JusticeWatch: Equal to everything

Posted by - 11th October 2019

Free SRA training There are a few places left on this FREE SRA Standards and Regulations Reforms course in Birmingham on Monday run by DG Legal. Get your tickets here: lnkd.in/deGRwaj Equal to everything Team Brenda on a fantastic night @UKSupremeCourt. Thank you so much to all our guests for making it such a warm

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JusticeWatch: ‘Justice for the people – not the privileged few’

Posted by - 20th September 2019

Justice for the people – ‘not just the privileged few’ A Corbyn government would deliver ‘hundreds of new social welfare lawyers’, as well as set up ‘dozens more law centres in areas that have most suffered from Conservative cuts’. The new law centres would be occupied by 200 lawyers specialising in areas such as benefits,

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JusticeWatch: Legal aid at 70

Posted by - 2nd August 2019

‘A shadow of its former self’ ‘Happy birthday legal aid,’ wrote Daniel Newman and Faith Gordon for The Conversation. For 70 years, the people of England and Wales have enjoyed the right to be provided legal assistance at public expense if they cannot afford a lawyer, they wrote. ‘Despite the importance of legal aid as

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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: Right to rent ruling

Posted by - 1st March 2019

‘Right to rent’ ruling The government’s controversial ‘Right to Rent’ scheme was causing racial discrimination and violating human rights laws, the High Court has found – according to a report in the Independent this morning. The law, which requires private landlords to check the immigration status of potential tenants, was found to violate the European Convention

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JusticeWatch: Supporting the next generation of social welfare lawyers

Posted by - 22nd February 2019

Farewell to Steve Steve Hynes is leaving LAG at the end of the month after 11 years as its director. Carol Storer, the former director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, has been appointed as interim director. ‘Steve played a leading role in campaigning against the cuts introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment

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My Justice First Fellowship: Alex Lowry

Posted by - 25th January 2019

Alex Lowry, 25, is a Justice First Fellow at RCJ Advice in central London. She qualified as a solicitor in 2018.   The best thing about being a legal aid lawyer is helping people who are in genuine need and seeing the change it makes in their lives. The worst thing is seeing panicked and

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