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 …

Critical report on civil legal aid also an opportunity

Date: 20th November 2014 Categories:

A report published by the National Audit Office (NAO) today, is critical of the government’s failure to understand the wider consequences of its cuts to civil legal aid. However, by exposing the underspend in the budget for civil legal aid, …

Munby throws down gauntlet to government

Date: 11th November 2014 Categories:

  On Thursday this week (13th November), Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division, will be deciding which part of the state should pick-up the bill for representing parents in a case concerning adoption proceedings for their child …

“Surprised Brits” hit by laws aimed at illegal migrants

Date: 16th October 2014 Categories:

A new report, Chasing Status, published today by LAG tells the hidden stories of long-standing UK migrants, who now discover they have irregular immigration status, because of lost passports or poor government record-keeping.   The six oldest interviewees in Chasing …

Grayling might risk further judicial review

Date: 14th October 2014 Categories:

A consultation process forced on the government by the loss of a judicial review on the proposed tendering system for criminal legal aid duty contracts ends tomorrow (15th October 2014). LAG argues that the Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling, can ill …

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