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Law centres challenge plans to axe housing duty schemes

Posted by - 19th April 2018

Law centres are challenging government plans to cut housing duty schemes in courts. The Law Centres Network has been granted permission to proceed with a judicial review of the Ministry of Justice’s planned reforms to the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme, a key service for preventing evictions and homelessness. Changes due to come into force in the autumn will

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JusticeWatch: Beware the vulture solicitors

Posted by - 13th April 2018

Vulture solicitors The Secret Barrister was interviewed on the Justice Gap (here). Who has been the worst Lord Chancellor, and what was their worst policy, he/ she was asked. ‘Chris Grayling,’ was the unsurprising response. ‘He not only offered up the justice system for brutal cuts, in clear breach of his oath of office, but

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My Justice First Fellowship: Brooke Toon

Posted by - 13th April 2018

Brooke Toon is Justice First Fellow and trainee solicitor at Central England Law Centre. She is due to qualify in February 2019. You can read other articles in the series here. As a teenage parent I faced many situations that the law centre’s clients face. I was on benefits, homeless, and then went on to

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Making the most of volunteers

Posted by - 12th April 2018

Suffolk Law Centre has a small team of paid staff, but support from an army of local volunteer lawyers means it can offer the widest range of services to clients. Audrey Ludwig explains its approach Suffolk Law Centre has only 10 paid staff, mostly part time, and 10 times that number of volunteers – luckily

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‘Enough is enough’: Bar’s direct action grows

Posted by - 9th April 2018

A murder case at the Old Bailey was reported to be the first hit by barristers’ direct action over reforms to the advocates graduated fee scheme. Kema Salum appeared for his first hearing over the death of his wife. The mother-of-one had been repeatedly stabbed in the neck and chest at their home in Haringey.

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JusticeWatch: ‘For years we have watched the wheels coming off’

Posted by - 29th March 2018

Barristers are expected to begin direct action to protest over a scheme for advocacy fees as from the weekend – as reported on LegalVoice today here. At the start of the week, the Guardian reported that that barristers were threatening to down wigs in direct action in protest at changes to the advocates’ graduated fee

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‘The criminal justice system is collapsing’: Bar to take direct action

Posted by - 29th March 2018

Barristers are expected to begin direct action to protest over a scheme for advocacy fees as from this weekend as predicted. Following a ballot of 4,000 members, the Criminal Bar Association (CBA) has written to members advising that they ‘should consider not taking any work under representation orders’ from Sunday when the reforms are due

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JusticeWatch: A justice system close to breaking point

Posted by - 23rd March 2018

Close to breaking point Our justice system was ‘close to breaking point‘, wrote the Secret Barrister for the i newspaper this week. The anonymous barrister has a book out The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broke. Access to justice, the rule of law, fairness to defendants, justice for victims were ‘fine emblems which we purport

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CBA to survey members on joining an ‘action for justice’

Posted by - 23rd March 2018

Criminal barristers are calling on the ministers to ‘delay’ or ‘reconsider’ reforms to advocates’ legal aid fees. In its weekly message to members of the Criminal Bar Association, its chair Angela Rafferty QC said that new scheme exposed the ‘impoverishment of the system like no other event in recent legal aid history’. The scheme is due

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