At last: MoJ announces timetable for LASPO review – Law society’s Gazette

Posted January 19th, 2017 in housing, law centres, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The government has set the ball rolling on the long-awaited review of its controversial legal aid reforms, the Ministry of Justice has announced.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 18th January 2017

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Comments Off on At last: MoJ announces timetable for LASPO review – Law society’s Gazette

Single mum unlawfully jailed for council tax debt in Wales – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2017 in appeals, council tax, legal aid, news, Wales by tracey

‘A single mother who was sent to prison by magistrates for 81 days because she was unable to pay her council tax bill was unlawfully jailed, the high court has ruled.’

Full story

The Guardian, 18th January 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Single mum unlawfully jailed for council tax debt in Wales – The Guardian

Finance and Divorce Update, January 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted January 17th, 2017 in divorce, EC law, families, financial provision, legal aid, legal services, news by tracey

‘Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2016.’

Full story

Family Law Week, 12th January 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Comments Off on Finance and Divorce Update, January 2017 – Family Law Week

Justice denied: the damning results of the latest report on the impact of legal aid cut – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Secretary of State for Justice, Liz Truss, recently announced that the government would soon confirm the time-table for the post legislative review of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). There has been growing pressure on ministers for some time to announce this (see “Back to the drawing board”, 166 NLJ 7698 13 May 2016, p 6). The Legal Action Group (LAG) hopes that the review will be used as an opportunity by the still relatively new team at the top of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to look at funding the provision of early advice in civil legal cases.’

Full story

Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 11th January 2017

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Comments Off on Justice denied: the damning results of the latest report on the impact of legal aid cut – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Proposals to reform criminal defence advocates pay published – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 6th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘Plans to introduce a simpler and fairer pay system for defence advocates who work on legal aid-funded criminal cases have been unveiled today by the Ministry of Justice.’

Full press release

ministry of Justice, 5th January 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Comments Off on Proposals to reform criminal defence advocates pay published – Ministry of Justice

New AGFS plan will mean fairer pay for advocates – The Bar Council

Posted January 6th, 2017 in advocacy, barristers, fees, legal aid, press releases by tracey

‘The Bar Council and the Young Barristers’ Committee welcome new proposals published today by the Ministry of Justice which will mean barristers and other advocates will be paid fairly for the work they do in publicly funded criminal cases. The new, fairer Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS), if implemented, will mean barristers’ fees are no longer based on outdated and distorting factors such as the number of pages in a case, but instead are paid according to the seriousness and complexity of the work.’

Full press release

The Bar Council, 5th January 2017

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Comments Off on New AGFS plan will mean fairer pay for advocates – The Bar Council

Domestic violence legal aid applications rise – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 19th, 2016 in domestic violence, legal aid, legal representation, news, statistics, time limits by sally

‘Relaxing time limits for reporting domestic violence may have contributed to the steep increase in legal aid applications from victims this year, latest government figures suggest.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 15th December 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Comments Off on Domestic violence legal aid applications rise – Law Society’s Gazette

Thousands left homeless by shortage of legal aid lawyers, say charities – The Guardian

‘Thousands of people are being made homeless every year because they cannot find lawyers to help them resist eviction, charities are warning.’

Full story

The Guardian, 18th December 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Comments Off on Thousands left homeless by shortage of legal aid lawyers, say charities – The Guardian

Review urges higher fees and mandatory training to combat “poor-quality” advice in Youth Courts – Legal Futures

Posted December 14th, 2016 in fees, legal aid, legal education, legal representation, news, youth courts by sally

‘The status and quality of legal representation for children before the Youth Court need to be raised first by an increase in legal aid rates and then by mandatory training for all solicitors and barristers appearing for them, a government-commissioned review has recommended.’

Full story

Legal Futures, 14th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Comments Off on Review urges higher fees and mandatory training to combat “poor-quality” advice in Youth Courts – Legal Futures

New legal aid ‘advice deserts’ emerge – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 12th, 2016 in housing, law centres, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘Further evidence of the problem of legal aid ‘advice deserts’ has emerged with a new government attempt to plug holes in the provision of housing and debt services.’

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 9th December 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Comments Off on New legal aid ‘advice deserts’ emerge – Law Society’s Gazette

Oversupply of law graduates and growing number of LiPs are solution to each other’s problem, says MR – Legal Futures

‘The combination of an oversupply of law graduates shut out of the profession due to fewer training contracts or pupillages and the growing number of litigants in person (LiPs) offers an opportunity to enhance access to justice while helping students into practice, the Master of the Rolls has said.’

Full story

Legal Futures, 7th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Comments Off on Oversupply of law graduates and growing number of LiPs are solution to each other’s problem, says MR – Legal Futures

Birmingham pub bombings: Families call for government funding for legal fees – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2016 in explosives, families, inquests, legal aid, news, victims by sally

‘Relatives of the Birmingham pub bombings victims have said they cannot understand why they are having to fight to get funding for their legal fees.’

Full story

BBC News, 28th November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Birmingham pub bombings: Families call for government funding for legal fees – BBC News

Legal aid cuts have created a ‘two-tier justice system’ benefiting the wealthy, damning report finds – The Independent

Posted November 25th, 2016 in budgets, legal aid, news, reports by tracey

‘Access to justice is in crisis, with cuts to legal aid having created a two-tier system for the wealthy and the less well off, according to a new report. The Bach Commission on access to justice states that poor people are being left without advice or professional support due to cuts which strictly limit the type of cases for which which legal aid can be applied.’

Full story

The Independent, 24th November 2016

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Comments Off on Legal aid cuts have created a ‘two-tier justice system’ benefiting the wealthy, damning report finds – The Independent

Legal Aid Agency rapped over approach to damages payable to ward of court – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 17th, 2016 in costs, damages, legal aid, local government, news, wardship, young persons by sally

‘A High Court judge has severely criticised the Legal Aid Agency (LAA)’s actions in a case concerning a ward of court to whom a local authority had agreed to pay damages for the unauthorised release of information.’

Full story

Local Government Lawyer, 17th November 2016

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Comments Off on Legal Aid Agency rapped over approach to damages payable to ward of court – Local Government Lawyer

The UN Just Criticised The UK’s Record On Disability Rights – RightsInfo

‘The UK government’s welfare reform policy has resulted in systematic violations of the human rights of disabled persons, according to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’

Full story

RightsInfo, 14th November 2016

Source: www.rightsinfo.org

Comments Off on The UN Just Criticised The UK’s Record On Disability Rights – RightsInfo

Hillsborough inquests: Families’ legal fees were £63.6m – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in costs, families, health & safety, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news, police, sport by tracey

‘Legal costs for the families at the inquests into the deaths of the 96 Hillsborough victims totalled £63.6m.’

Full story

BBC News, 2nd November 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Hillsborough inquests: Families’ legal fees were £63.6m – BBC News

All change – Counsel

Posted October 31st, 2016 in barristers, inns of court, legal aid, mergers, news by sally

‘Catherine Baksi takes a look at how chambers are adapting to a pressured and competitive environment.’

Full story

Counsel, November 2016

Source: www.counselmagazine.co.uk

Comments Off on All change – Counsel

Funding revisited – New Law Journal

Posted October 31st, 2016 in costs, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘David Wright examines a recurring costs theme.’

Full story

New Law Journal, 18th October 2016

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Comments Off on Funding revisited – New Law Journal

Families of Birmingham pub bomb victims granted legal aid – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2016 in families, inquests, legal aid, news, terrorism by sally

‘Some of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombing victims’ families have had a legal aid request granted, days before inquest proceedings are due to begin.’

Full story

BBC News, 27th October 2016

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Comments Off on Families of Birmingham pub bomb victims granted legal aid – BBC News

Cuts that hurt – New Law Journal

Posted October 24th, 2016 in budgets, equality, legal aid, news by michael

‘ “If Theresa May is really determined to deliver a country that works for all then there needs to be a justice system for everyone, not just those who can afford it,” said Alice Wyss of Amnesty International this week.’

Full story

New Law Journal, 20th October 2016

Source: www.newlawjournal.co.uk

Comments Off on Cuts that hurt – New Law Journal