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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JusticeWatch: A compelling case for proper representation

Posted by - 2nd December 2016

A compelling case for proper representation The families of those killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings should have properly funded legal representation at the new inquests according to the coroner, reported The Times. Judge Peter Thornton, QC, who will conduct the hearings, said there was ‘a compelling case for proper legal representation’. Speaking at a

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JusticeWatch: Justice on the cheap

Posted by - 25th November 2016

Second class citizens Solicitors representing relatives of the 21 people killed in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings have claimed they are being ‘bounced into an agreement’ by the Government. The families had previously warned of a boycott of the inquest over the row about legal aid. Belfast-based KRW Law has been acting free of charge for

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JusticeWatch: Know your place

Posted by - 18th November 2016

Know your place Michael Gove might have been unceremoniously dumped having received his post-Brexit political comeuppance but he hasn’t gone away. In his Longford lecture this week, the former justice minister once again revealed his love of the Bar – and seeming indifference to solicitors (see here). Gove was making the case for representation in

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JusticeWatch: ‘Not a time for dignified silence’

Posted by - 11th November 2016

That time of year again National Pro Bono Week provided the annual opportunity to revisit some fairly well worn arguments. Pro bono ‘must never be viewed as a substitute for a properly funded legal aid system,’ said Robert Bourns, Law Society president. Such concerns can be  overstated – does anyone think the government gave two

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JusticeWatch: Enemies of the people

Posted by - 4th November 2016

‘Derry Irvine would have gone ballistic’ The legal world jumped to the defence of the judiciary this morning after the pro-Brexit press went apoplectic in the wake of the Article 50 ruling. In a short profile of the three judges who presided over the case, the MailOnline characterised them along the following lines: ‘One founded

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