Category Archives: access to justice

Justice policy and the new government

Date: 14th June 2017 Categories:

Like a few of you, I’ve been weighing up the events of last week and their likely impact on legal and access to justice policy.   Firstly, there is a chance that another general election might be on the cards …

Access to justice and the general election

Date: 10th May 2017 Categories:

      Well, we are in the middle of a general election campaign that no one predicted. It seems a combination of a commanding lead in the opinion polls and a brighter than expected economic outlook meant Theresa May …

Post LASPO decline in civil legal aid continues

    Since the implementation of the LASPO*  cuts in April 2013 the number of civil legal aid cases has reduced by two-thirds. Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) last month show a continuing decline in the take-up …

Overall rise in tribunal cases

Date: 20th March 2017 Categories:

    Figures released by the Ministry of Justice earlier this month show an overall increase in the number of tribunal claims. Growing numbers of Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) Tribunals are driving this.     Appeals against decisions …

Proposed criminal legal aid cuts condemned

        A consultation on proposals which could cut over £40m in fees to criminal legal aid firms has been launched by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).   Under the MoJ’s plans payments for case preparation in Crown …

Price competition proposed in new housing duty tenders

Date: 1st February 2017 Categories:

Plans for the new tender process for civil and family legal aid contracts have been announced by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA). For most legal aid firms and not for profit organisations the contracts, which are due to commence in …

Justice in freefall

Date: 19th December 2016 Categories:

  LAG ends the year with a new report analysing the Ministry of Justice’s legal aid statistics and other evidence to identify the key trends in the legal aid market since the passage and implementation of LASPO (the Legal Aid, …

Out-priced justice: legal services consumers and the CMA

Date: 15th December 2016 Categories:

This week’s long awaited publication of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) final report on its study into the legal services market concludes that consumers of legal services experience “substantial detriment.” A key passage from the report finds that – …

To fee or not to fee?

Date: 28th November 2016 Categories:

The Ministry of Justice’s abandonment of the new fee system for immigration appeals is a welcome climb-down, but we should be wary of assuming that increased fees are now ‘off the table.’ Whilst not a new policy, when Conservative Ministers …

Change to legal aid merits test

Something unusual happened in the House of Commons last month, it seems unprompted the government made an amendment to the regulations on legal aid which would benefit access to justice.   As the Minister, Sir Oliver Heald, explained to the Delegated …

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