Sir Brian Leveson admonishes immigration solicitors – Free Movements

‘The latest in the increasingly long line of cases in which the judiciary has administered public dressings down for immigration lawyers is R (On the Application Of Akram & Anor) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWHC 1359 (Admin). The cases are often referred to as Hamid cases, after the first such case, Hamid [2012] EWCA 3070 (Admin).’
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Free Movement, 2nd September 2015

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Solicitor ducks regulatory burden by becoming McKenzie Friend – Legal Futures

Posted August 6th, 2015 in bankruptcy, legal representation, McKenzie friends, news, solicitors by sally

A solicitor who became a professional McKenzie Friend after 20 years in practise, has hit out at the burden imposed on high street practitioners, which he said cost him almost £2m and pushed him into personal bankruptcy.
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Legal Futures, 6th August 2015

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Requesting a court revisit its judgment – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 27th, 2015 in amendments, judgments, legal representation, news, time limits by sally

‘The recent case of Heron Bros Ltd v Central Bedfordshire Council (No 2) [2015] EWHC 1009 (TCC) considered the extent to which a court may exercise its discretion and revisit its judgment in the light of a new point.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th July 2015

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Solicitor-advocates harming family justice – bar – Law Society’s Gazette

‘he bar has called for an independent review of advocacy in family law, over ‘a growing concern’ that an increase in the number of solicitors in conduct hearings has led to a decline in standards and ‘unjust’ outcomes.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 20th July 2015

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Regina (Sanjari) v Crown Court at Birmingham – WLR Daily

Regina (Sanjari) v Crown Court at Birmingham: [2015] EWHC 2037 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D) 307

‘Judges of the Crown Court should subject applications to transfer representation under regulation 14 of the Criminal Legal Aid (Determinations by a Court and Choice of Representative) Regulations 2013 to rigorous and searching scrutiny.’

WLR Daily, 15th July 2015

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Firm ‘lacked high standards of conduct’ in client transfer bid – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted July 17th, 2015 in law firms, legal aid, legal representation, news, professional conduct by tracey

‘The lord chief justice has lambasted the largest legal aid firm in the country for a failed application to transfer a representation order for a convicted drug supplier.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th July 2015

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Legal Aid boycott ‘causing chaos’ – BBC News

‘Lawyers who are boycotting legal aid work in protest against cuts say their action is causing “chaos” in some courts and police custody suites.’

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BBC News, 8th July 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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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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Case of 2005 bomb plot to be examined by European judges – BBC News

‘Senior judges at the European Court of Human Rights are to examine the case of three men jailed over the 21/7 plot to bomb the London transport network.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2015

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Father forced to fight hospital in courts to keep son alive spends funeral cash on lawyers – Daily Telegraph

‘Man uses money for teenage son’s funeral to pay for lawyers to argue at Court of Protection doctors should continue giving him chemotherapy.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2015

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JUSTICE proposes lawyer-free dispute resolution model – Legal Voice

‘A new dispute resolution model ‘minimising the need for lawyers’ for a justice system ‘reeling from the impact of ongoing state retrenchment’, has been proposed by the Human rights group JUSTICE. In a new report (Delivering Justice in an Age of Austerity) the human rights group argues that the assumption that people will be legally represented post-LASPO is redundant.’

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Legal Voice, 28th April 2015

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Lack of representation ‘particularly unfair’ in emotive cases – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 17th, 2015 in family courts, legal representation, litigants in person, news by sally

‘A judge has stressed the importance of having lawyers in family court proceedings to prevent emotional self-represented litigants behaving in ways they might regret.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 15th April 2015

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DIY Justice – Panorama

Posted March 31st, 2015 in care orders, legal aid, legal representation, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Raphael Rowe meets the parents fighting for access to their children without any legal assistance. Cuts to legal aid mean they must represent themselves in court.’

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Panorama, 30th March 2015

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QC status “should be extended” beyond barristers and solicitors – Legal Futures

‘QC status should be available to all advocates appearing in the higher courts, whether or not they are barristers or solicitors, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has said.’

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Legal Futures, 18th March 2015

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Third of domestic violence victims cannot provide evidence for legal aid – The Guardian

‘More than a third of victims of domestic violence cannot provide the evidence required to obtain legal aid, according to a parliamentary watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2015

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Default judgments soar as defences plummet – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The number of civil court judgments leapt by 25% last year as more claims went undefended, official statistics have revealed.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 9th March 2015

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Law in Tesco (not Tesco law) – The Future of Law

‘Family proceedings involving children where neither parent had legal representation, increased by 30% in the family court in 2013-14, revealed the National Audit Office last year in a report on legal aid.’

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The Future of Law, 20th February 2015

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More bereaved families to get legal aid at inquests if state was involved in death – The Guardian

‘More bereaved families will be entitled to legal aid at inquests after a high court judge ruled that official guidance on whether to provide support was “misleading and inaccurate”.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2015

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Commercial Court removes arbitrator over ‘justifiable doubts’ about his impartiality – OUT-LAW.com

‘An arbitrator who failed to disclose his “social and commercial relationships” with one of the parties to a commercial dispute has been removed from the post by a UK court.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th February 2015

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