Category Archives: courts

LAG responds to the Competition and Markets Authority

Date: 25th August 2016 Categories:

    In one of Chris Grayling’s last acts of his controversial tenure as Lord Chancellor, the Ministry of Justice launched – as part of Government’s deregulation drive – a review of legal services regulation and the 2007 Legal Services …

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 …

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 …

Decline in Employment Tribunal claims continues

Date: 13th June 2014 Categories:

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday show a 59% drop in the overall number of employment tribunal (ET) claims. LAG believes this fall in people seeking justice over disputes in the work place can be mainly attributed to the …

Government student advice centre plans slammed

Date: 24th April 2014 Categories:

Earlier this week reforms of the family justice system, labelled by the government as “the largest in a generation” , came into effect. Much of the media coverage of the changes focused on the government’s plan to establish a network of …

Criminal legal aid protests continue

  Criminal legal aid lawyers continued their protests over the legal aid cuts on Monday and Tuesday this week, despite the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) having agreed terms with the government last week.   The lawyers were joined by members …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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