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Brook House: A national disgrace

Posted by - 22nd November 2017

The recent, heightened scrutiny on Brook House immigration removal centre is long overdue. The problems that exist reflect a deeply ingrained culture of inhumane treatment; a culture of which the Home Office has been aware and has blithely chosen to ignore. Routine practices such as locking detainees in their rooms for over 13 hours a

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Another funding setback for the Birmingham pub bombing families

Posted by - 14th November 2017

The families of Birmingham pub bombing victims have been refused legal aid to challenge a ruling that suspects should not be named. Julie Hambleton, whose elder sister Maxine was killed (see picture), told the BBC that the families had been ‘left with our backs against the wall’. They are challenging a coroner’s decision that IRA

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JusticeWatch: Trouble ahead

Posted by - 10th November 2017

Taken for granted The chair of the Bar accused the government of treating the legal profession in a way that ‘borders on contempt’ and rejected the government’s argument about the need for economies in the legal aid scheme. Opening this year’s Bar Conference at the weekend, Andrew Langdon QC said: ‘The independent bar does not

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How to survive: a Law Centre perspective

Posted by - 10th November 2017

The latest legal aid statistics confirm what those on the front line know – it is getting harder and harder to deliver good quality legal aid services, and survival itself takes a huge amount of commitment and hard work. Looking ahead, it is to be hoped that the Government’s review of the impact of LASPO

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Why do some defence lawyers regard their clients as ‘a problem’?

Posted by - 8th November 2017

How do lawyers treat their clients? For me, this question is at the heart of issues of access to criminal justice. Of course, lawyers do not need to like their clients or sympathise with them in order to offer high quality representation. Dr Daniel Newman on his research into the lawyer-client relationship Indeed, there is

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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to apply for matter starts

Posted by - 7th November 2017

If your firm has experience in personal injury, tort and contract claims then now is your chance to consider expanding your legal aid practice to include bringing claims for victims of trafficking and modern slavery. If your organisation has employment and discrimination law expertise, and wants to do employment law under legal aid, then this

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JusticeWatch: Bishop backs Hillsborough Law proposals

Posted by - 3rd November 2017

The legacy of the 96 Responding to the review by the former bishop of Liverpool into the Hillsborough disaster, Margaret Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James was killed in the disaster, said that implementing the Hillsborough Law reforms would mean that the Grenfell families and others would never have to ‘go through what we did’. ‘For us, this is the legacy of

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What is the technology needed for access to justice?

Posted by - 3rd November 2017

Mary Juetten, an American expert on the evolving use of technology and the law and CEO of Evolve Law has written a piece intriguingly headed ‘What is the Technology needed for Access to Justice’ in the ABA Journal. It is a good title: and follows a companion piece entitled ‘How can technology solve our access

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Long-awaited review into deaths in custody calls for legal aid for bereaved families

Posted by - 1st November 2017

A long awaited independent report into deaths in custody has called for non means tested legal aid to be made available for bereaved families. ‘It is difficult to justify the belief that families do not need a solicitor to represent them when several individual state bodies at the Inquest hearing are routinely represented,’ says the report published by Dame Elish

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