Yearly Archives: 2008

Justice Committee probes legal aid changes

Date: 11th December 2008 Categories:

Lord Bach was called before the House of Commons Justice Committee yesterday (10th December) to give his assessment of the impact of the legal aid changes.   Bach, a former criminal legal aid barrister, painted a relatively bright picture telling …

Family affair

Date: 29th October 2008 Categories:

Do you remember legal aid? The question isn’t meant to be facetious. No doubt, there’s a small but committed section of the NLJ readership resolutely dedicated to publicly-funded law (and a rather larger section that used to be). New figures …

Courts budget ‘black hole’?

Date: 29th September 2008 Categories:

Black holes in space are a proven scientific fact but black holes in public sector budgets are often a matter of dispute. So it would seem with the alleged £90 million ‘black hole’ in the courts budget.   This controversy …

Supermarket sweep

Date: 7th July 2008 Categories:

Where does publicly-funded law fit into the new world of ‘Tesco law’? The expectation is that big business will storm the aisles like a deranged contestant on Supermarket Sweep throwing all the money-making stuff – personal injury, conveyancing etc – …

In a fix

Date: 30th May 2008 Categories:

Jon Robins, LAG’s director of campaigns, on the impact of fixed fees on mental health work. The cracks are already beginning to show…   Is publicly-funded mental health law heading for a collective breakdown? This is an issue we look …

Watch out for footloose predators

Date: 20th May 2008 Categories:

David Harker, chief executive of Citizens Advice, responds to last week’s posting by Crispin Passmore, director of the Community Legal Service   Whilst I admire the passion with which Crispin pursues a strategy of improving access to advice by means …

No apologies

Date: 8th May 2008 Categories:

Crispin Passmore, head of the Community Legal Service at the LSC, argues that joint tenders with local authorities are the future for social welfare law services.   In the last month, new Community Legal Advice services [the new name for …

A bitter pill …

Date: 31st March 2008 Categories:

Hundreds of British people who claim to have suffered harm from the withdrawn arthritis painkiller drug Vioxx have launched a campaign to challenge the manufacturer’s decision to only compensate US victims. The alleged Vioxx victims in the UK argue that they …

Law Centres in crisis

Date: 11th March 2008 Categories:

LAG has learnt that Gateshead Law Centre called in the receivers last Friday (7 March) after getting into financial difficulties. Gateshead joins Stockport Law Centre which closed its doors in November last year due to problems meeting the targets under …

A watchdog without teeth?

Date: 3rd March 2008 Categories:

Criticism of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has been intensifying over the last week as the families of those alleging police misconduct, campaigners and community groups came out to back concerns raised by lawyers.   The credibility of the police …

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