More justice reforms in the post LASPO age

    Ministry of Justice scrutineers have a lot of reading to do as on September 15th no less than 15 substantial documents have been published on the same day including:-   ●  A detailed consultation on tribunals and courts …

LAG responds to the Competition and Markets Authority

Date: 25th August 2016 Categories:

    In one of Chris Grayling’s last acts of his controversial tenure as Lord Chancellor, the Ministry of Justice launched – as part of Government’s deregulation drive – a review of legal services regulation and the 2007 Legal Services …

And then there were none!

We used to warn about “advice deserts” and illustrate this by pointing to the dwindling numbers of civil legal aid suppliers left in some areas of the country and in some areas of law. As legal aid suppliers have consolidated …

New leadership at the MoJ

Date: 18th July 2016 Categories:

A new ministerial team has been appointed at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after the appointment of Liz Truss as the new Secretary of State for Justice. Her predecessor, Michael Gove, was planning big policy reforms in prisons and the …

Celebrating u-turns

      Rather like the u-turns made by many drivers, the ones executed by Michael Gove, while Justice Secretary, should be seen as corrections of navigational errors rather than any a sign of weakness or, lack of direction. There …

Learning from mistakes

Date: 10th June 2016 Categories:

A consultation on new criminal legal aid contracts was announced by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) earlier this week. The announcement follows justice secretary Michael Gove’s u-turn in January on the controversial two tier contracts.  The LAA also announced on …

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 …

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