Category Archives: legal profession

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 – …

Criminal tenders be careful what you wish for

Date: 22nd October 2015 Categories:

While the waiting for the results of the criminal duty contract tenders is now over, the uncertainty for both the winners and losers amongst criminal legal aid firms looks set to continue. The tender announcements made last week seem set …

Gove in danger of taking pro-bono for granted

Date: 25th August 2015 Categories:

Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, suggested in a speech in June that wealthy lawyers should “look to their consciences” and do more pro-bono work or contribute cash to prop up the poorer parts of the justice system.  LAG believes he is in …

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 …

LALY Winners

  Over four hundred legal aid lawyers attended the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards in central London last night. This was the twelfth year of the LALYS and the awards celebrate the work of legal aid lawyers.   …

Fighting back- at the Manchester Access to Advice Conference

Date: 17th March 2014 Categories:

At a conference in Manchester on Saturday (15th March) organised by the campaigning group, Access to Advice, the cuts to advice services and legal aid were discussed. The mood of the conference, especially amongst the criminal legal aid practitioners attending, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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