Yearly Archives: 2013

Select Committee Civil Legal Aid Enquiry

Date: 18th December 2013 Categories:

A few hours ago the Justice Select Committee announced an enquiry into the impact of the changes to civil legal aid brought in by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). LAG believes this is a …

Human Rights Committee Slams Government Proposals

Date: 13th December 2013 Categories:

An influential parliamentary committee has criticised the government’s proposals on legal aid.   In a report published today, the Joint Committee on Human Rights calls for the proposed residence test for legal aid to be introduced by primary legislation, so …

Big Firms Break Cover

Date: 5th December 2013 Categories:

  Two high profile solicitors in the criminal legal aid Big Firms Group (BFG) have spoken out about the proposed legal aid cuts in an article on the Times website today. It’s clear from their comments that, while they are …

Solicitors Split Over Criminal Bar Strike

Date: 27th November 2013 Categories:

The Criminal Bar Association (CBA) is going ahead with its threat to refuse to take on Very High Cost Cases (VHCC) from 2nd December, in response to the government’s plan to cut fees by 30% for new cases. Some solicitors …

Law Society No Confidence Vote

Solicitor, James Parry, has succeeded in gathering the necessary signatures to force a no-confidence vote in the leadership of the Law Society. Parry, who is a partner in a criminal legal aid firm in Liverpool, told LAG that he had …

Criminal Pretence

Date: 6th November 2013 Categories:

Gideon’s Army is an award winning documentary film which follows the work of three public defence lawyers in the US. According to the blurb for the film the lawyers are underpaid and carry “staggering caseloads” as they try to provide …

Dramatic Fall in Employment Tribunal Cases

Date: 23rd October 2013 Categories:

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show a large decline in the number of claims received by the Employment Tribunals after the introduction of fees at the end of July this year (see link below).     From …

Employment Law- looking to the future

Date: 16th October 2013 Categories:

Our public opinion research published last year showed rising support across all social classes for employment law advice to be paid for by the state. Despite this, the availability of free employment law advice suffered a devastating blow in April …

Commotion in Camden

  Law Society Chief Executive, Des Hudson, came under attack at the meeting of criminal practitioners in Camden Town Hall which took place last Tuesday, (1st October). Barristers attending the meeting were the most vociferous in their criticism of the …

Criminal Legal Aid Lawyers Contemplate Strike Action

Practitioners are relieved that the competitive tendering (CT) proposals floated by the government in April have been defeated, but they are a long way from getting out the bunting and celebrating with unrestrained joy, as the cuts in fees the …

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