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JusticeWatch: Going against the grain

Posted by - 31st March 2017

Going against the grain ‘Ken Loach’s I Daniel Blake paints a clear picture of Britain today,’ wrote John Nicholson for Counsel magazine, chair of the new Greater Manchester Law Centre. People were facing greater and greater hardship as a result of cuts in benefits, homelessness, work uncertainties and escalating racism, he argued. ‘Meanwhile legal aid – an

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JusticeWatch: Trouble ahead

Posted by - 10th March 2017

Trouble ahead Monidipa Fouzder in the Law Society’s Gazette spotted ‘an ominous shift in terminology’ in the MoJ’s green paper on ‘legal support’ which promises/ threatens to ‘usher in a new era of legal aid reform’. ‘The reform programme will deliver a justice system that is more accessible to the public,’ justice minister Oliver Heald

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JusticeWatch: If you’re innocent, you have nothing to worry about…

Posted by - 3rd March 2017

Hillsborough families hit by Compton’s ‘staggering’ legal costs The Guardian reported on a new crowdfunding campaign to help five people whose relatives died at Hillsborough disaster, after a judge ordered them to pay the £28,000 legal costs of former South Yorkshire police chief constable David Crompton. David Conn reported that Lady Justice Sharp made the costs order

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JusticeWatch: MoJ to relax LASPO domestic violence regime

Posted by - 24th February 2017

MoJ: ‘unwelcome and unnecessary’ KRW Law, the firm representing the Birmingham pub bombing families, accused the Ministry of Justice of an ‘unwelcome and unnecessary’ intervention over the long running dispute about funding. The ministry had told the Birmingham Mail that it was still waiting on its funding application and urged KRW to ‘work with us’. ‘It

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JusticeWatch: The persecution industry

Posted by - 3rd February 2017

The persecution industry For the Daily Mail Phil Shiner’s disgrace – the lawyer was struck off yesterday – was one in the eye for the human rights industry. ‘To this country’s self-righteous legal establishment – which garlanded him with awards – he was a campaigner for justice, and newspaper criticism of him was just ‘media-manufactured vilification’,’

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JusticeWatch: ‘Making simple problems into complex arguments’

Posted by - 20th January 2017

No rush The government had finally ‘set the ball rolling’ in the long-awaited/ much delayed LASPO review. The Law Society’s Gazette reported that the justice minister Sir Oliver Heald told the all-party parliamentary group on legal aid that the government ‘now considers enough time has passed for the reforms to have bedded in for us

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JusticeWatch: Dinosaur attitudes at Chancery Lane

Posted by - 13th January 2017

Raking it in ‘Lawyers raked in £32.2bn in just ONE year,’ fumed the Daily Mail. ‘Despite strikes by barristers over their pay levels and protests from senior lawyers who demand greater taxpayer subsidies, the legal profession has been booming.’ ‘Lawyers’ campaigning against legal aid cuts included a series of strikes by barristers who protested that

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Justicewatch: Shiner accepts career is over

Posted by - 9th December 2016

Shiner: Mail claims scalp Phil Shiner’s legal career appeared to come to an end yesterday. The Daily Mail, who has been after the lawyer since 2004 when it described him as ‘poison-tongued and publicity-grubbing’, was quick to claim the scalp. ‘The admission was a major vindication for the Daily Mail, which exposed how Mr Shiner

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