Category Archives: government

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 …

Criminal lawyers strike

Date: 1st July 2015 Categories:

  Criminal legal aid firms are usually too afraid of rivals poaching their clients to go on strike, but the Lord Chancellor, Michael Gove’s decision to go ahead with a fee cut from today (1st July), has led to a …

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 …

Gove takes over at the MoJ

Date: 12th May 2015 Categories:

  On Tuesday last week the Justice Alliance held a demonstration outside the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to celebrate the departure of Chris Grayling as Justice Secretary. Grayling in his term of office had become a hate figure for many …

Judicial review pontoon

Date: 19th September 2014 Categories:

      It’s been a very bad day for the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling and a good day for justice, as the government has suffered defeats in two judicial review cases on legal aid.     The first case, …

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 …

Grayling day one week on

  Last Friday ( 7th March) lawyers across the country refused to work in the criminal courts and joined protests against the government’s plans to cut fees by up to 30% and to introduce new contracts, which will lead to …

Grayling day

  Solicitors and Barristers from across the country today were refusing to attend court hearings as part of a day of action they have dubbed, Grayling Day. LAG attended the rally outside parliament and the march to the Ministry of …

Figures show a fall in income for Criminal Legal Aid Barristers

In what LAG suspects is a move timed to coincide with the strike action called by members of the Criminal Bar for next Monday (6th January), the government yesterday published figures for the earnings of barristers from public funds (see …

Government reveals real agenda?

 Former Appeal Court judge, Sir Anthony Hooper, appeared on the Today programme this morning (4 June) to argue against the government’s plans for price competitive tendering for criminal legal aid.   Sir Anthony has warned that the government ‘risks destroying …

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