Disrepair: La luta continua! – NearlyLegal

Posted April 14th, 2014 in children, costs, damages, fees, landlord & tenant, legal aid, news, rent, repairs by sally

’2013 was a difficult year for claimant disrepair. Changes in legal aid funding have made it all but impossible to pursue a disrepair claim under legal aid alone, as funding is only available for an order to carry out repairs to where there is serious risk to health or well being of the tenant or other occupiers, and not for further repairs or the damages claim (although full funding remains for a counterclaim to a possession claim, which can be brought after the possession order).’

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NearlyLegal, 13th April 2014

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Legal aid consultation ‘unlawful’, solicitors claim – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 10th, 2014 in consultations, criminal justice, illegality, legal aid, news, reports, solicitors by sally

‘Criminal solicitor groups have taken the first step towards a legal challenge to the government’s decision to press ahead with cuts to criminal legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th April 2014

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Shocking justice gap for disabled prisoners – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘It is Prison Service policy that prisons provide a fair and equal service to all prisoners, including to those who are disabled. The purpose of this policy is to make sure that the Prison Service meets its obligations under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA). However, for many disabled prisoners, these obligations are not being met.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th April 2014

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Bar Council launches post-LASPO research project – LegalVoice

Posted April 3rd, 2014 in barristers, legal aid, news by tracey

‘The Bar Council marked the first anniversary of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act by launching a major research project on its impact. The project will begin with a survey of the family and civil Bar, costs lawyers, clerks and practice managers to provide ‘an empirical evidence base’ for a full report to be published in September.’

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LegalVoice, 2nd April 2014

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

 

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Legal aid cuts: six lawyers on why they will damage our justice system – The Guardian

‘Why have lawyers taken to the streets to protest against legal aid cuts? Self-interest or because they care about the havoc they see being wrought on our legal system?’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2014

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More chambers criticise legal aid deal as BSB consults on returning instructions – Legal Futures

Posted March 31st, 2014 in barristers, budgets, consultations, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘More chambers have come out in open criticism of the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) and Bar Council’s deal with the government over legal aid last week.’

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Legal Futures, 31st March 2014

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Solicitors and probation workers to strike over plans – BBC News

‘Solicitors and probation officers in England and Wales are staging joint action against changes introduced by the Ministry of Justice.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2014

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Legal aid cuts leave family courts in chaos, experts say – The Guardian

‘Cuts in legal aid are creating chaos in the family courts, according to legal experts, who warn that the resulting delays are having a serious impact on the children of warring parents.’

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The Guardian, 29th March 2014

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Judicial Review Reform: All about the money, money, money? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted March 28th, 2014 in bills, budgets, judicial review, legal aid, news by sally

‘As MPs and Peers consider the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration)(Amendment)(No 3) Regulations and the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, Angela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy at JUSTICE considers the Lord Chancellor’s view that proposed judicial review changes do not restrict access to judicial review remedies or restrict the rule of law.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th March 2014

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Barristers call off walkout after legal aid cuts suspended – The Guardian

Posted March 28th, 2014 in barristers, budgets, criminal justice, fees, industrial action, legal aid, news by sally

‘Criminal barristers have called off their industrial action over legal aid payments after reaching a deal with the Ministry of Justice to suspend cuts until after the next general election.’

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The Guardian, 27th March 2014

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Bhatia Best Ltd v Lord Chancellor – WLR Daily

Posted March 27th, 2014 in appeals, homelessness, law firms, law reports, legal aid by tracey

Bhatia Best Ltd v Lord Chancellor: [2014] EWHC 746 (QB);   [2014] WLR (D)  142

‘In an appeal under section 204 of the Housing Act 1996 the county court was not “required by an enactment to make a decision applying the principles that are applied by the court on an application for judicial review” for the purposes of paragraph 19(10) of Schedule 1, Part 1 to the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 with the result that the claimant was not entitled to receive civil legal aid funding for such an appeal.’

WLR Daily, 17th March 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

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Prisoners’ Legal Aid, Malayan Killings and the Role of the Judiciary – the Human Rights Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This week, a challenge to the legal aid reforms by the Howard League for Penal Reform is rejected, while campaigners seeking an inquiry into the action of British soldiers in Malaya in 1948 face similar disappointment. Meanwhile, some of the most senior judges in the UK give their views on the role of the judiciary today.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd March 2014

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Lawrence family lawyer Imran Khan: ‘We see what the state is capable of’ – The Guardian

‘Imran Khan has been routinely portrayed as an anti‑establishment troublemaker. Now, in the wake of the Ellison report on police corruption, he explains how it feels to be vindicated.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2014

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Criminal solicitors to walk out for third time over legal aid cuts – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2014 in budgets, criminal justice, industrial action, legal aid, news, probation, solicitors by sally

“Criminal solicitors across England and Wales are to stage a two-day walkout at the end of the month to coincide with a strike by probation workers.”

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The Guardian, 20th March 2014

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Funding Family Proceedings and Legal Services Orders – Family Law Week

‘Tony Ward, Family Law barrister with 3PB analyses the latest case law relating to Legal Services Orders under s.22ZA MCA 1973.’

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Family Law Week, 18th March 2014

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Unsuccessful challenge to prison law legal aid cuts to be appealed – LegalVoice

Posted March 18th, 2014 in appeals, legal aid, news, prisons by tracey

‘The Howard League and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) this morning announced that they will appeal a decision by the High Court to dismiss their challenge to legal aid cuts for prisoners.’

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LegalVoice, 17th March 2014

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High court rejects challenge to legal aid – The Guardian

Posted March 18th, 2014 in appeals, legal aid, news, prisons by tracey

‘The high court has rejected a challenge by charities working with prisoners over legal aid cuts introduced by the justice secretary, Chris Grayling. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners Advice Service said vulnerable people in the prison system, including inmates with mental health problems and women with babies, would suffer injustice following the removal of the right to criminal legal aid in many prison law cases. Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Cranston, sitting in London on Monday, said they could “well understand the concerns” raised by the new regulations, introduced in December by Grayling, who is also the lord chancellor. “But we simply cannot see, at least at this point in time, how these concerns can arguably constitute unlawful action by the lord chancellor. For the time being, the forum for advancing these concerns remains the political.” ‘

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The Guardian, 17th March 2014

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High court to rule on Chris Grayling’s legal aid cuts for prisoners – The Guardian

Posted March 17th, 2014 in budgets, judicial review, legal aid, news, prisons by tracey

‘The high court will on Monday rule on a challenge by charities working with prisoners to the legality of legal aid cuts introduced by justice secretary Chris Grayling. The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) say vulnerable people in the prison system, including inmates with mental health problems and mothers with young babies, will suffer injustice.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2014

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Update for the profession from the Chairman of the Bar – The Bar Council

Posted March 13th, 2014 in barristers, fees, legal aid, news by tracey

‘Access to justice and the quality of our justice system are currently under threat on several fronts. As we face a number of challenges, I never fail to be impressed by the sense of unity across the profession, who are determined speak out for what we believe in. I for one have no intention to deviate from that course.’

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The Bar Council, 12th March 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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Legal aid cuts for prisoners face high court challenge – The Guardian

Posted March 10th, 2014 in budgets, legal aid, ministers' powers and duties, news, prisons by sally

‘The government’s decision to deprive prisoners of legal aid has been challenged in the high court on Thursday by charities warning that it will hamper rehabilitation efforts and fail to save money.’

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The Guardian, 6th March 2014

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