Criminal legal aid tenders the final verdict?

Date: 25th March 2015 Categories:

In a devastating blow to criminal legal aid lawyers the Court of Appeal has rejected their attempt to block the government’s introduction of a new system for duty contracts in police stations and magistrates courts. LAG believes the government’s plans, …

Legal aid manifesto- good ideas need costing

      Later today the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG) will launch its Manifesto for Legal Aid,* details of which were revealed in this month’s Legal Action. The document calls for changes to be made to the legal aid …

Critical report offers few solutions

Another damming report on the government’s legal aid changes was published yesterday (12th March). Unfortunately, while the House of Commons Justice Committee report eloquently describes the problems caused by the cuts to legal aid and advice services it is rather …

Follow-up Low Commission report launched

      The Low Commission launched its follow-up report, Getting it right or getting it wrong, at an event in the House of Commons yesterday.   Speakers from the three main political parties spoke in support of the Commission’s …

Duty tenders what next?

Date: 20th February 2015 Categories:

Despite their victory in the criminal legal aid judicial reviews this week some doubts remain over whether the government will be able to restart the duty tender process, suspended pending the judgement.   The Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and London …

Government failing victims of domestic violence

Date: 23rd January 2015 Categories:

    It is clear from the judgement published yesterday, in the judicial review case brought by Rights of Women (RoW), the regulations on qualifying for legal aid are failing many victims of domestic violence. What is bitterly disappointing is …

Judgement reserved in criminal tenders case

Lord Justice Laws described it as a “pretty tall order” to release the judgement by the end of the month, in the judicial review of the government’s controversial plans to tender for criminal legal aid duty work. After a three day …

Stunning victory for criminal legal aid solicitors

Date: 23rd December 2014 Categories:

    Criminal legal aid solicitors won a significant victory today in their attempt to block the government’s plan to introduce tenders for duty work.   The Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) and the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association   (LCCSA) …

GP poll shows big increase in patients needing advice

Date: 3rd December 2014 Categories:

  An opinion poll of GPs published today (3rd December) by LAG has found a majority of doctors believed that the number of their patients who would have benefited from legal or specialist advice has increased in the past year. …

Dutch solution for litigants in person?

Date: 1st December 2014 Categories:

Finding cheap and affective alternatives to legal aid funded services is in the minds of many policy makers at the moment. It is clear that the government has a problem, as the courts are increasingly clogged up with litigants in …

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