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A police cell is no place for a child to sleep

Posted by - 17th November 2017

After Just for Kids Law brought a series of legal challenges, the government has now acted to confirm that local authorities must provide safe beds for arrested children, says Jennifer Twite In July 2016, Just for Kids Law began a concerted programme of taking legal action against local authorities who were routinely breaching their statutory

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JusticeWatch: Trouble ahead

Posted by - 10th November 2017

Taken for granted The chair of the Bar accused the government of treating the legal profession in a way that ‘borders on contempt’ and rejected the government’s argument about the need for economies in the legal aid scheme. Opening this year’s Bar Conference at the weekend, Andrew Langdon QC said: ‘The independent bar does not

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How to survive: a Law Centre perspective

Posted by - 10th November 2017

The latest legal aid statistics confirm what those on the front line know – it is getting harder and harder to deliver good quality legal aid services, and survival itself takes a huge amount of commitment and hard work. Looking ahead, it is to be hoped that the Government’s review of the impact of LASPO

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Why do some defence lawyers regard their clients as ‘a problem’?

Posted by - 8th November 2017

How do lawyers treat their clients? For me, this question is at the heart of issues of access to criminal justice. Of course, lawyers do not need to like their clients or sympathise with them in order to offer high quality representation. Dr Daniel Newman on his research into the lawyer-client relationship Indeed, there is

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National Pro Bono Week: What’s on

Posted by - 7th November 2017

The 16th annual National Pro Bono Week takes place this week. The annual event is sponsored by the Law Society, Bar Council and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives to celebrate ‘the breadth and impact of pro bono work undertaken by the legal profession across the year, and to encourage further involvement and development’. Find out

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‘Not a moment too soon’: Government finally begins LASPO review

Posted by - 31st October 2017

The government has finally confirmed details of its review into the 2013 legal aid cuts after sustained pressure from the profession, the judiciary as well as the House of Commons’ justice committee and human rights groups including Amnesty. The review is expected to conclude before parliament’s summer break next year. In a written statement to parliament, the justice

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JusticeWatch: Lidington flags up possibility of legal aid ‘triage’

Posted by - 27th October 2017

Lidington flags up legal aid ‘triage’ The justice secretary yesterday flagged up support for a ‘triage’ system as part of the government review of legal aid cuts, as reported by the Times’ Brief today. David Lidington was making his first appearance before the justice committee of the House of Commons since taking up his post. The

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Defence lawyers attack latest ‘untenable’ fee cuts

Posted by - 25th October 2017

Defence lawyers have warned that new cuts to fees are ‘untenable, counter-productive and short-sighted’. Earlier this year the Ministry of Justice published proposals to reform the advocates graduated fee scheme (AGFS), on January 5th – as reported on LegalVoice here. Yesterday, the MoJ published its response to its consultation confirming it will cut the threshold

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My Justice First Fellowship: Harriet Dudbridge

Posted by - 23rd October 2017

Harriet Dudbridge, 26, is a Justice First Fellow. As part of the scheme, she spent a year as a caseworker at the Bar Pro Bono Unit and has now started pupillage at St John’s Chambers in Bristol, specialising in family law. I was drawn to the JFF scheme because of its emphasis on social welfare

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