‘Empowering the innocent to stand up to the guilty’

Posted by - 24th March 2017

Elkan Abrahamson explains why the ‘Hillsborough Law’ is needed to place a duty of candour on public officials On 29 March, Andy Burnham MP will be presenting a ‘Hillsborough Law’ to parliament. At the conclusion of the Hillsborough inquests, the victims’ families and their lawyers discussed what could be done to encourage public officers to

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The birdman of Fulham

Posted by - 23rd March 2017

Sue James with more tales from the housing duty desk – read other articles in the series here. Animals figure prominently in the housing possession world, dogs mostly. So it was a real treat to have such an array of domestic pets to barter over in Mr Ramsay’s case. When I heard the extent of

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Time to look again at legal expenses insurance

Posted by - 21st March 2017

In these post-LASPO times, we need to consider all funding options including legal expenses insurance (LEI), if our clients are to have the chance of access to justice, says Barbara Likulunga Given the pressure their budgets are under, few law centres or advice agencies would knowingly turn down the chance to boost their finances by

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‘We are inundated with calls from migrants worried about their status in the UK’

Posted by - 9th March 2017

Maria Fridye explains the thinking behind Citizens Advice Waltham Forest new fee-paying immigration service As a nationally renowned service, the Citizens Advice network provides the advice people need for the problems they face, and improves the policies and practices that affect their lives. Adhering to the aims and principles of its network, Citizens Advice Waltham

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The evidence is clear: LASPO isn’t working

Posted by - 8th March 2017

As we await the government’s formal review of the 2012 act, everyone from the TUC to the NAO to Liberty agrees it has had a devastating impact, says Richard Miller The government recently announced the long-promised post-implementation review of LASPO. There has been a lot of confusion about the process the government will follow. As

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Youth court: where expertise matters most

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Laura Cooper explains why the Youth Justice Legal Centre is on a mission to win proper recognition for lawyers doing this essential work When it comes to criminal law, in my experience, the youth court is where having an expert lawyer really can make a difference – not just to the outcome of the case,

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Introducing Nadia: artificial intelligence and access to justice

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

There’s no mix up this time, Oscar winners really are transforming online legal advice, says Roger Smith The Australians may be about to shake up the world of online legal assistance. Their National Disability Insurance Agency has hired double Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett as the voice of a groundbreaking avatar, who will answer online questions

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This (young legal aid) life: Katherine Barnes

Posted by - 22nd February 2017

It’s Wednesday morning and I’ve set my alarm for 5.30am. I’m in court this morning and still have some material to prepare. I make some coffee and settle down to look at the new documents, which my solicitor sent through late yesterday evening. Read other articles in The (young legal aid) life series here. I am representing

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Nominations for the 2017 LALYs are open

Posted by - 21st February 2017

Nominations for the 2017 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards are now open. There are 12 awards in total including Children’s Rights, Public Law, Immigration and Asylum, Access to Justice through IT, and Criminal Defence. After successfully using crowdfunding to raise sponsorship for the Legal Aid Newcomer award, which traditionally kicks off the

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