Call centre justice

Posted by - 31st January 2013

The Ministry of Justice is not that interested in research-based policy at the moment, writes Roger Smith. Better in the current environment to stick to prejudice; the elevation of austerity as the sole goal; and stagger through to tomorrow. Hence, no one, least of all Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling, is interested in what anyone has

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Merry Xmas from LegalVoice

Posted by - 21st December 2012

Season’s greetings from the LegalVoice team.   Thanks for all your support in 2012, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.   David, Jon, Matt, Mel & Vicky

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Passionate about legal aid

Posted by - 21st December 2012

A few months back there was some discussion around the level of service that legally aided clients could expect in the era of permanent cuts in the legal aid budget.  Whilst the future may look bleak as further cuts are contemplated there is no doubt in my mind that there are still many dedicated solicitors

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£400,000 for young migrant projects

Posted by - 21st December 2012

Grants worth £400,000 have been made available for NGOs and private law firms working with vulnerable young migrants (anyone under 25 living in poverty and experiencing significant discrimination as a result of migration status), writes Elizabeth Davidson. The deadline for the first round of applications is the end of January. There is no set amount

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Weekly round-up: w/c December 3rd

Posted by - 6th December 2012

Weekly round-up: 3 December 2012, compiled by Emma Walker. ‘Pyrrhic victory’ for Legal Aid funding: Following reports last week of practitioners’ fears that the Government had ‘reneged on its promise to provide legal aid to people in urgent need of legal assistance’, draft regulations derived from LASPO were this week defeated in the House of

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Law Centre conference: welfare reform ‘demonising the poor’

Posted by - 29th November 2012

REPORT: Despite pressures of work and funding difficulties, the majority of Law Centres sent delegates to their national conference in London at the weekend, writes Pamela Judge, communications manager at the Law Centres Network. The conference kicked off with three speakers who described the wider context that Law Centres will have to operate in over

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Legal Aid Agency announces non-execs

Posted by - 20th November 2012

The Legal Aid Agency, which replaced the Legal Services Commission as of next April, yesterday announced three non-executive board members. They are: Andrew Lockley, previously at the law firm Irwin Mitchell for the last 16 years, where he is a partner and head of public Law. Lockley is also a part-time tribunal judge. John Grosvenor,

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Immigration firms warned about 11th hour applications

Posted by - 16th November 2012

One of the most senior judges has attacked immigration lawyers for pushing ‘late, meritless’ applications. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Sir John Thomas, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, hit out after solicitors for a Bangladeshi student made two urgent applications to postpone his removal on the eve of his planned departure.

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Blame game: when legal aid gets political

Posted by - 23rd October 2012

Political interference in the granting of legal aid – whether actual or suspected by members of the public – could become a genuine concern for the government after next April. Should public money be denied cases brought against government departments or that involve unpopular characters or controversial issues, ministers’ impartiality in the decision-making process may

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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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