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JusticeWatch: The LAA’s facile assumptions

Posted by - 22nd June 2018

The LAA’s facile assumptions The High Court has this morning ruled that the MoJ decision to contract for fewer, larger housing solicitor duty desk schemes was unreasonable and ordered that new contracts be quashed. The legal action as brought by the Law Centres Network. There are currently 113 duty desk schemes across England and Wales

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Half of immigration detainees denied legal representation

Posted by - 22nd June 2018

Only half of all immigration detainees have a lawyer compared to eight out of 10 prior to the 2013 legal aid cuts. In its annual survey, the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees spoke to 103 detainees being held in removal centres and found that, of the 50% of detainees held in detention that had legal

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LAA to reopen the civil tender for face-to-face work

Posted by - 21st June 2018

The Legal Aid Agency has decided to reopen the civil tender for face-to-face work. The new competition is particular aimed at organisations that either did not submit a tender or failed to submit one that was deemed to be compliant The LAA claims to have already covered most procurement areas including the main face to

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JusticeWatch: Twenty years of cuts

Posted by - 15th June 2018

Twenty years of cuts A crisis in the criminal justice system triggered the barristers’ strike action ‘and although that dispute seems narrowly to have been resolved – the crisis has not gone away’, said Law Society president Joe Egan. ‘Twenty years of cuts have heaped colossal pressure on the system, and those who work hard

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My Justice First Fellow: Stephen Cutter

Posted by - 15th June 2018

Stephen Cutter is a Justice First Fellow at drugs charity Release. He is due to complete his training and qualify as a solicitor in 2019. You can read others in the series here It’s hard for someone to engage fully with their drug treatment if they have problems with welfare benefits, debts, eviction, or homelessness.

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‘Neither victory nor defeat’: Bar ends industrial action

Posted by - 13th June 2018

Barristers narrowly voted to end industrial action over fees yesterday. In a result described by the Criminal Bar Association as ‘neither a victory nor a defeat’, just 52% voted to accept the £15m Ministry of Justice. ‘Whilst the majority wishes to accept the proposal it cannot be said that the anger and disillusionment has gone

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Why Conservatives must fight for legal aid

Posted by - 13th June 2018

The UK’s legal sector is a precious national asset – a jewel in our national crown, writes Alex Chalk MP. Respected internationally, it is worth over £25 billion to the British economy. It is a key export sector too, as foreign companies routinely choose this jurisdiction to settle their commercial disputes. That in turn has helped

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JusticeWatch: Crunch time for the Bar

Posted by - 8th June 2018

Crunch time Criminal barristers will decide this weekend whether to accept the government’s £15m offer to settle their boycott of new legal aid work; but, the Law Society’s Gazette reported, some solicitors are concerned the money will be ‘recouped from their fees’. The Criminal Bar Association ballot has opened and a result is expected by Tuesday. ‘If

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Duty Solicitors: How to lift the 14 hours curse

Posted by - 6th June 2018

The purpose of this article is to help Duty Solicitors retain their status and to avoid LAA recoupments. We include real experiences of firms and outcomes. The fact is that most duty solicitors do on average undertake 14 hours per week, but many do not time record properly and some who believe they are not

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