JusticeWatch: Need legal aid? Google it

Posted by - 8th September 2017

Need legal aid? Google it The answer of Secretary of State for Justice, @DLidington, for those being denied access to justice through legal aid cuts? “Google it!” pic.twitter.com/xyj22dnRpy — Laura Pidcock MP (@LauraPidcockMP) September 5, 2017 ‘Overt discrimination’ in the justice system Prosecutions against some black and minority-ethnic suspects should be ‘deferred or dropped to

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Martin Rowson

JusticeWatch: Time to get back to work…

Posted by - 31st August 2017

Summer’s over… ‘It’s time to get back to work,’ urged John Hyde in the Law Society’s Gazette. In his view, the legal profession was ‘stuck in a time warp of long summer breaks’. Whilst the profession was ‘comatose for August’, what about clients? ‘Have people put off having accidents for month? Shelved plans to buy a

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JusticeWatch: #legalaidmatters

Posted by - 14th July 2017

Double standards In an open letter to the attorney general, Jeremy Wright QC released on Twitter last night, Harriet Harman accused the government of putting pressure on the Solicitors Regulatory Authority to take action against the human rights law firm Leigh Day. Attorney General must protect rule of law & step in re govt attacks

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Grenfell JR

JusticeWatch: ‘We need somebody we can trust’

Posted by - 7th July 2017

Justice for Grenfell Was access to justice an essential public service ‘akin to state schooling and lifelong healthcare free at the point of delivery’? Apparently, ‘the Law Society believes it is’ and – according to the Gazette’s editor, Paul Rogerson – ‘pushes the point hard in a damning new report on the social consequences of

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JusticeWatch: Justice for Grenfell

Posted by - 23rd June 2017

#justiceforgrenfell In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire, lawyers have been weighing up whether a public inquiry or an inquest was the best way to understand the reasons for this shocking tragedy. In light of the PM’s rapidly diminishing political capital, Theresa May’s endorsement of the former rang hollow. Solicitor advocate Sophie Khan told

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JusticeWatch: Leigh Day cleared of allegations

Posted by - 9th June 2017

Breaking At time of going to press, it was revealed that Leigh Day has been cleared of all allegations in its hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in relation to the firm’s handling of claims by Iraqi civilians against the British military. Catherine Baksi was there reporting for LV: BREAKING: SDT finds NONE of the

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JusticeWatch: No QC for Birmingham pub bomb families

Posted by - 2nd June 2017

No QC for Birmingham pub bomb families The Birmingham pub bombing families were ‘dealt a fresh blow’ in their fight for legal aid, the Birmingham Mail reported. Their Belfast-based firm KRW LAW has been told that, although they have been acting free of charge since 2014, ‘current legislation means they will not receive any backdated payment

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JusticeWatch: Industrial-scale injustice

Posted by - 19th May 2017

Industrial-scale injustice In a letter to the Times, Caspar Glyn QC complained about Theresa May ‘trumpeting’ new employment rights for workers when all rights (‘new and old’) were ‘locked up behind an unaffordable pay wall of employment tribunal fees costing between £390 and £1200’. ‘In truth these rights are almost wholly illusory,’ he argued. ‘The low pay father

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Legal aid commission- Jeremy Corbyn

JusticeWatch: ‘Justice – the preserve of the rich’

Posted by - 12th May 2017

‘Justice – the preserve of the rich’ A Labour government would reinstate some of the 2013 legal aid cuts, cap court fees and launch an inquiry into the 1984 ‘Battle Orgeave’ clash between miners and the police, reported the Justice Gap this morning. According to a draft manifesto leaked yesterday, access to justice was being

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