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Undocumented children let down by lack of support in ‘labyrinthine’ immigration system

Posted by - 29th March 2017

Vulnerable children and teenagers in the UK whose citizenship is called into question are not adequately protected by the current system, according to a report by a team of children’s rights lawyers working in conjunction with Islington Law Centre. When facing challenges to their immigration status, argues the Precarious Citizenship Report, children and young people

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‘When you know you’re in the right, it’s easy to get people to support you’

Posted by - 29th March 2017

The growing phenomenon that is crowdfunding has been used to raise money for ventures from artistic enterprise to personal causes and entrepreneurial endeavour. A plethora of web sites host the various good causes – IndiGoGo, Kickstarter and Crowdfunder – to name but a few. A campaign by the Metropolitan Police Federation to raise £250,000 for the family

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JusticeWatch: the real Daniel Blakes

Posted by - 24th March 2017

My first shed case ‘I am a legal aid lawyer for people facing eviction – they are the real Daniel Blakes,’ began LV contributor Sue James in the Guardian. ‘From the care leaver paying £650 a month to live in a shed to the tenant with one light bulb, I never get used to the stories

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‘Empowering the innocent to stand up to the guilty’

Posted by - 24th March 2017

Elkan Abrahamson explains why the ‘Hillsborough Law’ is needed to place a duty of candour on public officials On 29 March, Andy Burnham MP will be presenting a ‘Hillsborough Law’ to parliament. At the conclusion of the Hillsborough inquests, the victims’ families and their lawyers discussed what could be done to encourage public officers to

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Close-up of Melopsittacus undulatus, also known as Budgie with beak open, isolated on white

The birdman of Fulham

Posted by - 23rd March 2017

Sue James with more tales from the housing duty desk – read other articles in the series here. Animals figure prominently in the housing possession world, dogs mostly. So it was a real treat to have such an array of domestic pets to barter over in Mr Ramsay’s case. When I heard the extent of

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'Cutting, not transforming': Labour's Richard Burgon offers qualified support for Prisons Bill

Labour offers qualified support for online court plans

Posted by - 22nd March 2017

The Lord Chancellor promised ‘a new era for our courts’ as she introduced the second reading of the Prisons and Courts Bill in the House of Commons earlier in the week. Liz Truss told MPs that that the legislation would modernise ‘a process that remains fundamentally unchanged from the Victoria era’. Labour broadly supported the proposals

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Detail of a british five pound note.

Time to look again at legal expenses insurance

Posted by - 21st March 2017

In these post-LASPO times, we need to consider all funding options including legal expenses insurance (LEI), if our clients are to have the chance of access to justice, says Barbara Likulunga Given the pressure their budgets are under, few law centres or advice agencies would knowingly turn down the chance to boost their finances by

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Plans for ‘trial by Skype’ will increase unrepresented defendants and discriminate against vulnerable

Posted by - 15th March 2017

Plans for online courts and ‘virtual justice’ will increase the number of unrepresented defendants, discriminate against the vulnerable and to make justice less open, a legal charity has said. A briefing published today by Transform Justice has attacked the lack of consultation and ‘weak evidence base’ for proposals under the Prisons and Court Bill to

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