Winding down,not giving up

Date: 15th April 2016 Categories:

  The Low Commission was established by LAG in 2013 with the aim to prepare a report and recommendations on Social Welfare Law in the aftermath of the LASPO Act and the cuts to advice services.  At the time I worked for …

Further delay to CCMS needed

Date: 23rd March 2016 Categories:

    CCMS the Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) online system for all applications for civil legal aid is supposed to be made mandatory from 1st April, but the system still seems not up to the job. Officials at the LAA …

Labour’s legal aid commission needs to focus on the public

Date: 7th March 2016 Categories:

  Labour’s commission on legal aid has been described as “the only game in town” by some close to it. This might be true as, so far, the government seems reluctant to review the cuts introduced by the Legal Aid, …

A fresh start for criminal legal aid

    It’s probably a headline in itself that a Justice Secretary got it so right. That’s what happened yesterday with Gove’s announcements on criminal legal aid, but the reason why he was forced into to making this policy U-turn …

Action needed on advice deserts

Date: 23rd December 2015 Categories:

Pinning down precisely how many not for profit (NfP) legal advice centres there are and what they do is a difficult exercise. This is due to the eclectic mix providers and lack of overall planning in the sector. A survey …

Criminal courts charges abolished

Date: 3rd December 2015 Categories:

Justice Secretary Michael Gove has today scrapped the fee levied on defendants pleading not guilty in criminal cases.   Around 100 magistrates had resigned in protest over the policy and in October the House of Lords voted 100 to 132 …

Criminal tenders be careful what you wish for

Date: 22nd October 2015 Categories:

While the waiting for the results of the criminal duty contract tenders is now over, the uncertainty for both the winners and losers amongst criminal legal aid firms looks set to continue. The tender announcements made last week seem set …

Criminal legal aid controversy

Date: 10th September 2015 Categories:

Criminal legal aid firms are currently awaiting the results of their applications for duty contracts for police station and magistrate’s court work. There has been some speculation that this will happen over the next couple of days, but LAG has …

Gove in danger of taking pro-bono for granted

Date: 25th August 2015 Categories:

Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, suggested in a speech in June that wealthy lawyers should “look to their consciences” and do more pro-bono work or contribute cash to prop up the poorer parts of the justice system.  LAG believes he is in …

Campaigning for legal aid

  The Invisible, a new play by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, is now showing at the Bush Theatre, London. The play is set against the background of unparalleled cutbacks in civil legal aid. LAG has produced a special publication jointly with the theatre to …

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