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Free tech help for unis and law centres

Posted by - 20th July 2017

A leading technology company is set to expand its provision of free software to universities and law centres. Catherine Baksi reports Clio, a Canadian-founded provider of cloud-based legal practice management software, announced plans to extend free access to its Academic Access Program as part of its investment in the future of law and the provision

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Faster, cheaper dispute resolution

Posted by - 20th July 2017

The civil courts and the government are increasingly keen on parties trying mediation to resolve their disputes, both big and small, for the good reason that for many it brings a much quicker, easier and cheaper conclusion. Lavinia Shaw-Brown writes about the benefits and practicalities of mediation in legal aid cases For those receiving civil legal aid,

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A time to rethink legal aid

Posted by - 18th July 2017

From the introduction of Proof, issue three out today – Life in the Justice Gap: legal aid matters – by co-editors Matt Foot, Rhona Friedman and Jon Robins ‘I genuinely believe “access to justice” is the hallmark of a civilised society.’ It was with those rousing words that Ken Clarke, as Lord Chancellor, introduced the

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JusticeWatch: #legalaidmatters

Posted by - 14th July 2017

Double standards In an open letter to the attorney general, Jeremy Wright QC released on Twitter last night, Harriet Harman accused the government of putting pressure on the Solicitors Regulatory Authority to take action against the human rights law firm Leigh Day. Attorney General must protect rule of law & step in re govt attacks

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Emergency payouts to Grenfell victims will not affect legal aid eligibility

Posted by - 14th July 2017

Emergency payouts to the victims of the Grenfell fire will not affect legal aid eligibility. It has been four weeks since the tragedy at the tower block in North Kensington for new regulations to go before Parliament allowing the Legal Aid Agency the discretion to disregard payouts in calculating disposable income or gross income. The Law Society sought clarity

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Millennial baby-boom time bomb for criminal courts

Posted by - 12th July 2017

The number of young men entering the criminal justice it is set to rise as boys born after the millennium hit 17, according to a leading criminal lawyer who warned that the Ministry of Justice will have to find more money to deal with the spike. Greg Powell, president of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors’

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