scottish soldiers

‘The military didn’t fail them. The government failed them’

Posted by - 16th February 2017

Should justice be crowdfunded? Will Bordell reports on the Three Scottish Soldiers campaign – representing the families of Fusiliers Dougald McCaughey, John McCaig and Joseph McCaig , murdered in cold-blood by the IRA – about their fight for justice. This article first appeared on here ‘Why do they need to ask?’ wonders Kris McGurk.

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Phil Shiner: loathed by the tabloids, respected by his peers

Posted by - 16th September 2016

Although Al-Sweady will be written on PIL’s tombstone, it is the Baha Mousa case for which it should be remembered. Fiona Bawdon looks back at the career of Phil Shiner ‘We have the most powerful democracy in the world because our state will use public money through legal aid to pay me to take these cases.’

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‘We are having this debate – and not bothering too much about the facts’

Posted by - 4th December 2015

INTERVIEW: ‘The real role for government in the future is not as funder but as convenor,’ reflects Guy Beringer, chairman of The Legal Education Foundation (TLEF).  It is a role that wouldn’t cost the taxpayer huge amounts of money but nonetheless would be ‘enormously effective’. ‘The problem is though it isn’t happening,’ Beringer adds. The

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‘We are resolute. The action continues until we reach a solution’

Posted by - 6th August 2015

INTERVIEW: ‘We’d like Michael Gove to come and spend a night in the police station and a day in magistrates court with us,’ says Jonathan Black, president of the London Criminal Courts’ Solicitors Association (LCCSA). The Lord Chancellor will no doubt have had better offers. Black’s invitation reflects a growing frustration that the new justice

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‘It’s time for barristers to make a stand and strike’

Posted by - 23rd June 2015

INTERVIEW: ‘It is time for barristers to make a stand and strike,’ said the human rights lawyer Michael Mansfield QC last week. The self-described radical lawyer made his call as defence lawyers and the government moved inexorably towards industrial action – and (as another leading QC tweeted) the profession’s leaders ‘bottled it’. This interview first appeared on

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Angela Jackman on ‘thinking outside the box’ post-LASPO

Posted by - 8th October 2014

Leading legal aid lawyer Angela Jackman has recently been recognised as one of eight inspirational women of colour who have helped to shape the UK. She talks about the impact of cuts to legal aid. .. Jackman, a partner at Maxwell Gillott, has worked as a solicitor since qualifying in 1987, specialising in education law,

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