Category Archives: legal aid

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 …

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, …

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 …

Legal education and health at the Conservative Conference

Date: 4th October 2016 Categories:

Dominic Grieve, the former Attorney General, called for a national Public Legal Education Program at a fringe meeting last night at the Conservative party conference.   Grieve was speaking at a meeting on the theme “Your Legal Health”, which was …

And then there were none!

We used to warn about “advice deserts” and illustrate this by pointing to the dwindling numbers of civil legal aid suppliers left in some areas of the country and in some areas of law. As legal aid suppliers have consolidated …

New leadership at the MoJ

Date: 18th July 2016 Categories:

A new ministerial team has been appointed at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after the appointment of Liz Truss as the new Secretary of State for Justice. Her predecessor, Michael Gove, was planning big policy reforms in prisons and the …

Learning from mistakes

Date: 10th June 2016 Categories:

A consultation on new criminal legal aid contracts was announced by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) earlier this week. The announcement follows justice secretary Michael Gove’s u-turn in January on the controversial two tier contracts.  The LAA also announced on …

Winding down,not giving up

Date: 15th April 2016 Categories:

  The Low Commission was established by LAG in 2013 with the aim to prepare a report and recommendations on Social Welfare Law in the aftermath of the LASPO Act and the cuts to advice services.  At the time I worked for …

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