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Defence lawyers prepare for more protests as the government plan more cuts

Posted by - 22nd February 2017

Another outbreak of protests by defence lawyers is in prospect following the new proposals on the litigators’ graduated fee scheme. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) have put a second 8.75% fee cut opn hold pending the results of the new consultation but identify two new areas for cuts, litigators’ fees and payments to court appointees. ‘Solicitors are angered

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This (young legal aid) life: Katherine Barnes

Posted by - 22nd February 2017

It’s Wednesday morning and I’ve set my alarm for 5.30am. I’m in court this morning and still have some material to prepare. I make some coffee and settle down to look at the new documents, which my solicitor sent through late yesterday evening. Read other articles in The (young legal aid) life series here. I am representing

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Introducing the litigant in person network

Posted by - 20th February 2017

The Litigant in Person Network is an online platform which aims to connect a wide range of people with a common goal of improving access to justice. Coordinated by the Litigant in Person Support Strategy, and supported by The Legal Education Foundation, the network is a place for interested professionals to share, discussion and collaborate

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‘We will have access to justice’: Greater Manchester Law Centre opens

Posted by - 16th February 2017

The Greater Manchester Law Centre opened its doors to the public this weekend becoming the third new centre to join the network post-LASPO. ‘Legal aid has been cut and cut again,’ commented John Nicholson, the law centre’s chair. ‘Now – when people are facing vicious benefit sanctions, homelessness, escalating racism, cuts in health and education

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‘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 www.thejusticegap.com here ‘Why do they need to ask?’ wonders Kris McGurk.

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Is the MoJ pursuing a policy of ‘consolidation by stealth’?

Posted by - 14th February 2017

Widespread reports of firms being refused duty solicitor allocations, due to minor omissions or technical issues, have fuelled a belief among practitioners that the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) is operating a policy of ‘consolidation by stealth’. Catherine Baksi reports The deadline for applying for police station duty rota slots for cover running from 1 April,

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How not to make a crisis out of a drama

Posted by - 14th February 2017

If your firm is at the centre of a public storm, survival may depend on having planned ahead and using social media wisely, says Kevin Poulter No lawyer ever expects to be at the centre of a crisis, but from time to time it happens. A crisis is unexpected and, by definition, unwanted. It might

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LAA responds to criticisms of CCMS digital billing system

Posted by - 10th February 2017

The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has denied ‘second guessing’ legal aid lawyers and refusing funding applications for issues that should be determined in court. In an article by LegalVoice comment editor Fiona Bawdon published on Monday about concerns over the new and controversial CCMS digital billing system, a leading family law specialist complained about agency staff

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