Yearly Archives: 2010

Cuts debate in House of Commons

Date: 16th December 2010 Categories:

At a well attended adjournment debate in the House of Commons last Tuesday (14 December) Karen Buck MP expressed her fears about the impact of the government’s proposed legal aid cuts: ‘People with disabilities are likely to be disproportionately affected. …

The end of the line for CLAS

Date: 10th December 2010 Categories:

One of the casualties of the government’s proposals on legal aid published last month will be the policy of establishing jointly funded advice services with local government. The last government, in conjunction with the Legal Services Commission (LSC), had aimed …

Justice for All

Date: 1st December 2010 Categories:

In a speech today (3 December), Steve Hynes, LAG’s director, spoke to the National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers (NAWRA) of the ‘crisis engulfing the civil legal advice world’. He believes that the proposed cuts to legal aid for housing, …

Civil law to suffer bulk of proposed legal aid cuts

Date: 22nd November 2010 Categories:

The green paper on legal aid published last week outlines proposals on reductions in fees and in the scope of legal aid in order to make savings of around £350m. The bulk of the cuts, £279m, will fall on civil …

Legal aid green paper expected today

Date: 11th November 2010 Categories:

According to a story in the Times this morning, and other media sources, the green paper on the future of legal aid will be announced today (15 November) by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Included in the paper will be …

Law Centre fights back against the LSC

Date: 10th November 2010 Categories:

South Manchester Law Centre was claiming victory this week in the first round of its legal battle against the Legal Services Commission (LSC) to stay open.   The Law Centre, which is under threat of closure after having cash withdrawn …

LSC: no appeal on family contracts

Date: 28th October 2010 Categories:

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has confirmed yesterday that it will not be appealing against the judgment made on the Law Society’s judicial review of the family law tender process. The LSC had 14 days from 14 October 2010, when …

Cuts on top of cuts for the Ministry of Justice

Date: 20th October 2010 Categories:

Well the much anticipated and dreaded comprehensive spending review (CSR) announcement was made today. As is usual with budget announcements, cuts in the big ticket, high-profile items, such as defence and welfare benefits, had been well trailed in advance. For …

Decision made on non-family contracts

Date: 13th October 2010 Categories:

A decision has at last been made by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) on the non-family law contracts. It has just announced that all non-family legal aid contracts and family mediation contracts will start on 15 November. The start of …

Legal aid green paper ‘imminent’ says minister

Date: 7th October 2010 Categories:

Clever poker players look for ‘tells’ in their opponents’ body language to discern what hand they have got. Members of a packed fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference on Tuesday, addressed by legal aid minister Jonathan Djanogly, were all …

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