Criminal lawyers strike

Date: 1st July 2015 Categories:

  Criminal legal aid firms are usually too afraid of rivals poaching their clients to go on strike, but the Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove’s decision to go ahead with a fee cut from today (1st July), has led to a …

Gove’s speech an opportunity or just hot air?

Date: 23rd June 2015 Categories:

  Last month LAG blogged that we should seek engagement with the new Lord Chancellor whilst keeping the placards on hold. The question following Michael Gove’s speech this morning is whether the agenda he sets out provides a window for …

Details of criminal tenders announced

      Today the Legal Aid Agency has announced details of the tenders for duty work in criminal cases. They confirmed that 1,099 bids had been received and that they were short of bids in only three areas Devon …

Gove takes over at the MoJ

Date: 12th May 2015 Categories:

  On Tuesday last week the Justice Alliance held a demonstration outside the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to celebrate the departure of Chris Grayling as Justice Secretary. Grayling in his term of office had become a hate figure for many …

Civil legal aid after polling day

  Legal aid and access to justice has not featured much in the general election campaign. The party manifestos include only scant references to it, but LAG argues the next government should not ignore the problems caused by the budget cuts …

Legal aid cuts protest

Date: 30th April 2015 Categories:

  Campaign group the Justice Alliance is holding a “Farewell to Grayling” event outside the Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London at 5pm on Tuesday (5th May).   Criminal legal aid firms have to complete their tenders for duty …

Polls show public support for legal aid

    Results of an opinion poll published today shows that the public rate the right to access to justice above that of free health care at the point of use. This new research confirms the findings from previous polls conducted by LAG …

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 …

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