Criminal legal aid protests continue

  Criminal legal aid lawyers continued their protests over the legal aid cuts on Monday and Tuesday this week, despite the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) having agreed terms with the government last week.   The lawyers were joined by members …

Bar do a deal on criminal legal aid fees

Date: 27th March 2014 Categories:

  Details of an agreement between the Bar, Law Society and the government on legal aid fees have been announced.   The government has agreed to suspend the planned 6% fee cut for advocacy fees in Crown Court cases which …

Fighting back- at the Manchester Access to Advice Conference

Date: 17th March 2014 Categories:

At a conference in Manchester on Saturday (15th March) organised by the campaigning group, Access to Advice, the cuts to advice services and legal aid were discussed. The mood of the conference, especially amongst the criminal legal aid practitioners attending, …

Grayling day one week on

  Last Friday ( 7th March) lawyers across the country refused to work in the criminal courts and joined protests against the government’s plans to cut fees by up to 30% and to introduce new contracts, which will lead to …

Grayling day

  Solicitors and Barristers from across the country today were refusing to attend court hearings as part of a day of action they have dubbed, Grayling Day. LAG attended the rally outside parliament and the march to the Ministry of …

Criminal legal aid “disaster”

Date: 27th February 2014 Categories:

In what is being described as a “disaster” by many criminal legal aid practitioners the Government has made what they say is the “final decision on a modified model of competitive tendering for criminal legal aid contracts.”     Earlier …

Lords Debate Low Commission Report

Lord Low, the chair of the Low Commission initiated a short debate in the House of Lords last Tuesday (25th February) on the Commission’s report which was published in January.     Opening the debate Lord Low said that the …

Exceptional Cases Concern

Date: 26th February 2014 Categories:

Widespread concern over the low numbers of exceptional cases granted by the Legal Aid Agency led to the issue being raised in the House of Lords last week. Refusals of claims for exceptional funding in cases involving immigration law are …

Law Centre closures

Date: 12th February 2014 Categories:

Last year three Law Centres were forced to close due to the cuts in legal aid and other reductions in funding. Two months into the current year a handful more Law Centres have either closed or, are in the process …

Strike Breakers Recruited from the Bar

Date: 29th January 2014 Categories:

A third high profile QC has been recruited by the Public Defender Service (PDS), a development which seems to signal the government’s determination to break the boycott by the Bar of very high cost cases (VHCCs). LAG finds it ironic …

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