Legal aid advice network ‘decimated’ by funding cuts – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2018 in budgets, housing, legal aid, legal representation, litigants in person, news, statistics by sally

‘Cuts to legal aid have created “deserts” of provision across England and Wales, a BBC investigation found.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government-commissioned review recommends legal aid for bereaved families – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The government has announced that it will introduce a new mental health bill following today’s publication of the findings of an independent review into the Mental Health Act 1983. However it is silent on the review’s recommendation that bereaved families should receive non-means tested legal aid – despite already pledging to accept two other recommendations.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 6th December 2018

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Divorce is not a “blank cheque” for litigation, judge warns – Legal Futures

Posted November 27th, 2018 in costs, divorce, financial provision, indemnities, legal representation, news by tracey

‘Litigation is not a “blank cheque” and divorcing people cannot behave on the basis that they are bound to be reimbursed for their costs, a leading family law judge has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 27th November 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Litigants in Person – an inherent problem with the justice system – Family Law Week

Posted November 21st, 2018 in budgets, legal aid, legal representation, litigants in person, news, statistics by tracey

‘Matthew Richardson, barrister at Coram chambers considers the fundamental problem with re-shaping our justice system around a huge increase in litigants in person, caused by the removal of legal aid provision from most cases.’

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Family Law Week, 9th November 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Bereaved family say they need £50,000 to pay for legal representation at inquest – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2018 in bereavement, costs, fees, inquests, legal representation, news by sally

‘The parents of a vulnerable student who took her own life at a university where there has been a series of deaths have spoken of the difficulty of ensuring there is a fair and transparent investigation because they are struggling to match the legal firepower of other parties involved.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Justice ‘only for the wealthy’: Law Society condemns legal aid cuts – The Guardian

Posted October 1st, 2018 in budgets, Law Society, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘It is increasingly difficult for defendants and claimants to find solicitors prepared to represent them due to government legal aid cuts, the Law Society has warned.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Stephen Port victims’ families say legal funding unfair – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2018 in families, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘Families of the victims of serial killer Stephen Port say it is unfair that they have to pay for legal representation at inquests into their relatives’ deaths while the police can rely on public money for their costs.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2018

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Court of Appeal: Judge wrong to jail unrepresented woman for contempt – Litigation Futures

Posted August 31st, 2018 in contempt of court, legal representation, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A judge was wrong to jail an unrepresented woman for contempt of court without giving her more time to find a lawyer, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 30th August 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

Leave.EU parts ways with Mishcon de Reya amid legal challenge – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2018 in elections, expenses, law firms, legal representation, news, referendums by sally

‘The elite London law firm Mishcon de Reya and Arron Banks’ pro-Brexit Leave.EU campaign have parted ways in the midst of Leave.EU’s legal challenge to a ruling it broke electoral law, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2018

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Government seeks views on legal aid for inquests – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 19th, 2018 in consultations, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, press releases by tracey

‘Justice Minister Lucy Frazer today announced the launch of a call for evidence to consider the need for legal representation during inquests.’

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Ministry of Justice, 19th July 2018

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

Facing up to it – Nearly Legal

‘Kamara v London Borough Of Southwark (2018) EWCA Civ 1616. In Makisi & Ors v Birmingham City Council (2011) EWCA Civ 355 (our report), the Court of Appeal decided that the right to make ‘oral submissions’ in response to a ‘minded to’ letter under 8(2) of the 1999 Review Procedures Regulations meant a right to request ‘face to face’ advocacy in making representations. In these three joined appeals, the sole issue was whether this meant that the ‘minded to’ to letter had to specify the right to a face to face meeting for representations.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th July 2018

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Carl Sargeant family say they are being excluded from inquiry – The Guardian

‘The family of Carl Sargeant have claimed they are being excluded from an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his sacking as a Welsh minister four days before he took his own life.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

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Representation of children in public law proceedings – Ministry of Justice

Posted May 18th, 2018 in children, guardianship, legal representation, news by tracey

‘Children subject to public law cases are usually represented by both a publicly-funded legal representative and a Cafcass guardian, known as the ‘tandem model’ of representation. This research explored how this model is working in practice during public law proceedings, and whether any reforms to the model are feasible or appropriate to ensure the rights of the child are safeguarded, efficient judicial case management is supported and public resources are effectively allocated.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th May 2018

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

Criminal defence lawyers face “extinction” as profession unites to fight for justice system – Legal Futures

Posted April 18th, 2018 in criminal justice, legal representation, news, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Criminal defence lawyers in England and Wales could become “extinct”, the Law Society has warned on the back of data showing that this is an increasingly ageing part of the profession.’

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Legal Futures, 17th April 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Latitude for litigants in person? Apparently not (just about…) – Zenith Chambers

‘On 21 February 2018 judgment was given in the case of Barton -v- Wright Hassall LLP [2018] UKSC 12.’

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Zenith Chambers, 26th February 2018

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‘It shames us to have families go on Twitter and crowdfund representation at inquests’ – Legal Voice

Posted March 14th, 2018 in death in custody, inquests, legal representation, news, restraint by sally

‘Two families bereaved by state-related deaths told MPs about their experiences at inquests last week. The House of Commons’ joint committee on human rights heard evidence from the parents of Connor Sparrowhawk, who drowned in a bath in a residential unit for people with learning disabilities, and Joseph Phuong who died following restraint by police during a mental health crisis. Jon Robins reports’

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Legal Voice, 13th March 2018

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk

Give paralegals rights of audience “so they can do more legal aid work” – Legal Futures

Posted January 4th, 2018 in legal aid, legal representation, news, paralegals, rights of audience by sally

‘Paralegals should be given rights of audience to enable them to do more legal aid work, an academic has argued.’

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Legal Futures, 4th January 2018

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Lammy review: MoJ rejects judicial diversity targets, cautious on choice of duty solicitor – Legal Futures

Posted December 20th, 2017 in diversity, judiciary, legal representation, minorities, news, solicitors by sally

‘The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has rejected the idea of diversity targets for the judiciary and magistracy in its response to the Lammy review of the treatment of black and minority ethnic (BAME) people in the criminal justice system.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Rise of LiPs “key challenge for family lawyers and courts system” – Legal Futures

‘The rise in the number of litigants-in-person in the family courts since the 2013 legal aid reforms has topped a poll of the causes of discontent among family law practitioners for the fifth year running.’

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Legal Futures, 15th December 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

A quick chat with the police – or an interview? You need a lawyer – Legal Voice

Posted December 11th, 2017 in consultations, criminal justice, legal representation, news, police interviews by sally

‘When the police investigate a criminal offence, it may not be necessary to formally arrest a suspect. In the past, it would be common practice that those being questioned by the police were arrested. Now, with the introduction of the 28-day bail limit, it is becoming a more accepted method for the police to question suspects by way of a ‘voluntary interview’.’

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Legal Voice, 8th December 2017

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk