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.’

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BBC News, 28th November 2016

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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.’

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The Independent, 24th November 2016

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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.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th November 2016

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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.’

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RightsInfo, 14th November 2016

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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.’

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BBC News, 2nd November 2016

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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.’

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Counsel, November 2016

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Funding revisited – New Law Journal

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

‘David Wright examines a recurring costs theme.’

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New Law Journal, 18th October 2016

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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.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2016

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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.’

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New Law Journal, 20th October 2016

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Legal Aid Agency to clarify ’embarrassment clause’ after legal threat – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 21st, 2016 in contracts, legal aid, news by sally

‘The Legal Aid Agency has agreed to clarify the remit of the so-called ‘embarrassment clause’ it sought to include in one of its contracts, it has been reported.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2016

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British soldiers face Iraq detainee abuse probe – BBC News

Posted October 17th, 2016 in armed forces, detention, Iraq, legal aid, news by tracey

‘British soldiers are being investigated over allegations of mistreating two Iraqi detainees in 2003.’

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BBC News, 16th October 2016

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Legal aid cuts have left ‘the most vulnerable people’ unable to pursue justice – The Independent

Posted October 12th, 2016 in civil justice, legal aid, news, reports by tracey

‘Amnesty International report lays bare “a two-tier civil justice system, open to those who can afford it, but increasingly closed to the poorest and most in need”. ‘

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The Independent, 11th October 2016

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Legal aid cuts creating two-tier justice system, says Amnesty – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2016 in children, civil justice, legal aid, legal representation, news, reports by sally

‘Cuts to legal aid are far worse than anticipated and are creating a “two-tier” system which denies the poorest people access to justice, warns a critical report by Amnesty International.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2016

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One-third of family court cases have no representative at all – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 30th, 2016 in family courts, legal aid, legal representation, news by tracey

‘More than a third of cases in the family court have no legal representative for either party, new statistics show.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 29th September 2016

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Safeguarding education (Pt 1) – New Law Journal

Posted September 28th, 2016 in education, inquiries, judicial review, legal aid, news by sally

‘In the first of a special series of articles, John Ford shares his concerns about the future of the education system.’

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New Law Journal, 15th September 2016

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10 steps to help safeguard access to justice – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted September 26th, 2016 in civil justice, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘On Thursday 22 September 2016, Halsbury’s Law Exchange (HLE) hosted a panel discussion on the future of access to justice and litigants in person, specifically focusing on proposing solutions to this critical problem. In the lead up to the panel discussion, HLE produced a state of the nation paper that looks at the state of legal aid provision in the UK currently and asks the urgent question: “Can we safeguard access to justice?”’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 26th September 2016

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‘Bureaucratic’ gateway blocks access to discrimination advice – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 5th, 2016 in legal aid, legal services, news, pregnancy, select committees, sex discrimination by sally

‘The process for obtaining state-funded legal help in discrimination cases is too bureaucratic, practitioners have told the Gazette, after MPs demanded urgent action to end a ‘shocking’ increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd September 2016

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Modern divorce: the new rules of splitting up – The Guardian

‘The end of the summer holidays is a peak period for breakups. But now couples are looking for fast and amicable ways to avoid being mired in the blame game, will the law finally catch up?’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2016

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How to tell a shining knight of a lawyer from an ambulance chaser? – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2016 in armed forces, asylum, law firms, legal aid, news, public interest by sally

‘The question takes us straight to this week’s reported news that Phil Shiner’s Public Interest Lawyers is having to close.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2016

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Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers could be abandoned after controversial law firm announces closure – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of compensation claims against British soldiers are likely to be abandoned after a controversial law firm accused of “hounding” troops announced that it is closing.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th August 2016

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