To fee or not to fee?

Date: 28th November 2016 Categories:

The Ministry of Justice’s abandonment of the new fee system for immigration appeals is a welcome climb-down, but we should be wary of assuming that increased fees are now ‘off the table.’ Whilst not a new policy, when Conservative Ministers …

Change to legal aid merits test

Something unusual happened in the House of Commons last month, it seems unprompted the government made an amendment to the regulations on legal aid which would benefit access to justice.   As the Minister, Sir Oliver Heald, explained to the Delegated …

Cuts which hurt – Amnesty International weigh in..

Date: 11th October 2016 Categories:

  We of course tend to think of Amnesty International in terms of their work on the global stage for human rights, especially reporting on countries with poor penal systems and oppressed civil societies. But their report on the impact …

Legal education and health at the Conservative Conference

Date: 4th October 2016 Categories:

Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney General, called for a national Public Legal Education Program at a fringe meeting last night at the Conservative party conference.   Grieve was speaking at a meeting on the theme “Your Legal Health”, which was …

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 …

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