Mr Justice Mostyn: Nobody anticipated “savagery” of legal aid cuts – Legal Futures

Posted July 1st, 2015 in budgets, debts, legal aid, litigants in person, magna carta, news by sally

‘Mr Justice Mostyn has delivered some of the strongest judicial criticisms yet of the legal aid cuts and warned that “more are in prospect” under a majority Conservative government.’

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Legal Futures, 1st July 2015

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Legal aid work refused by law firms in cutbacks protest – BBC News

Posted July 1st, 2015 in fees, law firms, legal aid, news by sally

‘A number of criminal law firms have refused to take work funded by legal aid in protest against government cuts.’

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BBC News, 1st July 2015

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Magistrate courts and police stations could face ‘absolute chaos’ amid boycott of legal aid work – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2015 in barristers, criminal justice, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘Magistrates courts and police stations across England and Wales could face “absolute chaos” as the effects of a widespread boycott of new legal aid work kicks in.’

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The Independent, 30th June 2015

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Lawyers’ strike over legal aid cuts boosted by the backing of major firms – The Independent

‘The “strike” by lawyers which threatens to bring chaos to the criminal justice system next week has received a substantial boost after the country’s biggest legal aid firms pledged to support the action.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2015

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Lawyers to refuse criminal cases in protest against cuts in legal aid fees – The Guardian

‘Solicitors and barristers in Liverpool are threatening to refuse to handle any new criminal cases from 1 July, as lawyers across the country meet to coordinate protests against cuts in legal aid fees.’

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The Guardian, 25th June 2015

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Gove is right on our two-tier justice system – but cuts caused this crisis – The Guardian

‘We must modernise our courts but that won’t address the fact that those who need it most are failed by the system. Only investment can redress the balance.’

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The Guardian, 24th June 2015

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Lawyers’ levy? Michael Gove threatens to make rich law firms pay for legal aid – The Guardian

Posted June 24th, 2015 in legal aid, news, pro bono work by sally

‘Michael Gove has provoked a row with some of London’s leading lawyers, after he demanded that they contributed “much more” to ensure justice was available to all.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2015

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Bar Council joins forces with northern barristers to launch “go-to website” for direct access – Legal Futures

‘The Bar Council has joined forces with the two Preston-based barristers behind the Direct Access Portal (DAP) to relaunch it as the “go-to website” for consumers looking for a barrister.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd June 2015

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Criminal solicitors berate bar retreat – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Solicitors accused the criminal bar of selling out to a government policy of ‘divide and rule’ as the Gazette went to press, after the bar ditched plans to take direct action over cuts to legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 22nd June 2015

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Referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” – Legal Futures

Posted June 18th, 2015 in barristers, consultations, crime, fees, legal aid, news, solicitors, third parties by sally

‘Removing the ban on referral fees in criminal cases could lead to “arrest chasing” by solicitors, the Bar Council has warned, and result in “as much public opprobrium” as ambulance chasing.’

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Legal Futures, 17th June 2015

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Head of legal aid’s pay rise an ‘insult’ to solicitors after fees fall 17.5% in last year – The Guardian

Posted June 17th, 2015 in budgets, legal aid, news, solicitors by sally

‘A pay rise of more than 10% for the head of the body that oversees legal aid has been described as an insult by solicitors whose fees have been slashed on his watch.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2015

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Mick and Mairead Philpott’s £350,000 defence bill draws criticism – The Independent

Posted June 15th, 2015 in arson, barristers, costs, homicide, legal aid, news by sally

‘Mick and Mairead Philpott were provided with more than £350,000 of taxpayer’s money to fund a legal team including four barristers, it has been reported.’

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The Independent, 14th June 2015

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Legal aid fees to be cut by 8.75%, confirms Ministry of Justice – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2015 in budgets, crime, fees, legal aid, news by sally

‘Legal aid fees for criminal solicitors will be cut by 8.75% and the number of contracts for attending police stations and magistrates court reduced by two-thirds, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2015

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Miscarriages of justice will result from fresh cuts to legal aid budget, say solicitors – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2015 in budgets, legal aid, miscarriage of justice, news, solicitors by sally

‘Miscarriages of justice will result from fresh cuts to the legal aid budget announced on 10 June, solicitors are warning.’

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The Independent, 10th June 2015

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Challenge to exceptional funding scheme goes to court – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 9th, 2015 in human rights, legal aid, news, official solicitor by tracey

‘A challenge to the government’s safety-net scheme for people denied legal aid because of cuts in scope is to be heard in the High Court tomorrow.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th June 2015

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In re K (Children) – WLR Daily

In re K (Children): [2015] EWCA Civ 543; [2015] WLR (D) 237

‘The Family Court had no power to order the Lord Chancellor to provide public funding for legal representation outside the legal aid scheme in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.’

WLR Daily, 22nd May 2015

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MoJ hit with further £249m of cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 5th, 2015 in budgets, government departments, legal aid, Ministry of Justice, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice will have to find a further £249m of savings this year, as part of a fresh round of spending reductions following Whitehall’s in-year budget review announced today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 4th June 2015

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Detainees ‘confused’ by legal aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 4th, 2015 in detention, immigration, legal aid, news, reports by sally

‘Legal aid cuts in immigration cases have created a climate of confusion and mistrust in detention centres, according to a pressure group’s research.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd June 2015

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New measures to make criminals pay legal aid costs – Ministry of Justice

Posted June 3rd, 2015 in assets recovery, costs, legal aid, news, proceeds of crime by sally

‘New measures to make criminals, rather than hard working taxpayers, pay more towards their legal bills have come into force today (1 June 2015).’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st June 2015

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Fair family hearings – according to the Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted June 2nd, 2015 in appeals, cross-examination, human rights, legal aid, news by sally

‘Lord Dyson for the Court of Appeal has recently reversed the decision of HHJ Bellamy (see my post here) who had ordered legal aid to help an unrepresented father in family proceedings. The conundrum was that the father wanted contact with his children aged 5 and 4, but a 17-year old step-daughter, Y, told her teacher that the father sexually abused her – which the father denied.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st May 2015

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