Archive for the 'legal aid' Category

Public will be ‘barred’ from justice in legal aid reform, warn lawyer group – Daily Telegraph

“The public will be effectively barred from fighting incompetent doctors and councils in the courts under plans to cut legal aid, the body representing lawyers warned yesterday.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 21st April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lawcast 183: Nichola Higgins, Chairman of The Young Barristers Committee on the new CPS panel – Career at the Criminal Bar – Legal aid issues – Charon WC

“Today I am talking to Nichola Higgins, Chairman of the Young Barristers Committee. On the 30th March of this year, the CPS announced:

‘The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is today (30/3/2011) launching a new scheme for the delivery of prosecution services in court. All advocates undertaking prosecution work in the Crown Court (and Higher Courts) from October must be members of new, quality-controlled CPS Advocate Panels. The panels will be open to all barristers and solicitor advocates, and panel members will complement and work alongside CPS in-house advocates. Although the overall number of advocates on the panels will be reduced compared to the current lists, selected advocates will have more opportunity to undertake prosecution work. All current counsel lists will be abandoned when the panels commence on 1 October.’

We also looked at the broader health of the Criminal Bar, the impact of legal aid and the prospects for students contemplating a career at the Criminal Bar.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 21st April 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Legal aid cuts will harm children, says champion of justice for the poor – The Guardian

“Tireless Pauline McIntyre, who works in one of the UK’s most deprived areas, says family law is unfairly seen as a soft target.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lawyers claim £645 million family breakdown legal aid bill – Daily Telegraph

“Legal aid lawyers are making £645 million from taxpayers over family breakdowns each year – £28 for every household in England and Wales.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Attorney General: keynote speech to Minority Lawyers’ Conference – Attorney General’s Office

“Opening the 2011 conference at the Law Society in London, the Attorney spoke of the coming challenges and opportunities for lawyers.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 9th April 2011

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

The era of the high-rolling criminal barrister is over – The Guardian

“A handful of criminal barristers still make big money, but the rest may have to diversify if they want to eat.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MoD lobbied secretly to cut legal aid for cases against its treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan – The Guardian

“The Ministry of Defence lobbied behind closed doors to restrict the provision of legal aid to claimants questioning the treatment of military detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, the high court has heard.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Society defends solicitors over legal aid – Law Society’s Gazette

“The Law Society president has reacted to negative news coverage concerning the growth in the number of solicitors.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th April 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Bar Council Establishes CLAF Group in Response to Proposed Jackson Reforms – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today established a working group to explore the viability of a Contingency Legal Aid Fund (CLAF) in the wake of the Government’s response to its consultation on civil litigation costs.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 1st April 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Bar Chairman: We Will Continue to Make Case on Effect of Cuts – The Bar Council

“The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has pledged to continue to make the case on the effect of legal aid cuts, as the Justice Select Committee announced its response to Government proposals.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 31st March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Legal aid cuts: penny-wise and pound-foolish – The Guardian

“Cutting funds for the poor and vulnerable to defend their rights will simply push the costs on to other government departments.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Update from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Bar Council – The Bar Council

“None of us, at the self-employed or employed Bar, has escaped the consequences of the coalition Government’s measures to reduce the national deficit. But the publicly funded Bar is bearing the brunt of cuts in public expenditure. This follows the cuts in legal aid announced by the last Government and the proposals for radical change in the publicly funded legal services market, the subject of recent consultation by the Ministry of Justice. We wanted to give you a short update on developments which affect so many practitioners and indeed the future of the Bar as a whole.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 29th March 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

MPs warn against legal aid reforms in divorce cases – The Guardian

“Making eligibility for legal aid in divorce and custody cases dependent on accusations of domestic violence will create a ‘perverse incentive’ that encourages false allegations, according to a group of MPs.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid change may hit the vulnerable hardest say MPs – BBC News

“MPs say vulnerable groups may be disproportionately affected by a shake-up of civil legal aid in England and Wales and want it to be ‘refined’.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid cuts: misleading statistics from the MoJ – The Guardian

“LAG believes that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has been guilty of playing rather fast and loose in its interpretation of the figures on the impact of the proposed civil legal aid cuts.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pressure prompts review of ‘domestic violence’ legal aid definition – Law Society’s Gazette

“The government has delayed its plans to respond to the legal aid and civil costs consultations until after Easter, and will ‘review’ the definition of domestic violence, the legal aid minister said last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 21st March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Family lawyers face up to challenges ahead – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family law is facing an unprecedented year of change, with practitioners under intense pressure to be innovative if they want to maintain the viability of their practices. Some family law departments are already downsizing, or are being closed, as experienced practitioners move firms or set up their own niche practices. However, others are embracing change and are among their firms’ top teams in terms of fee income and profitability.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Civil legal aid cuts will increase tribunal workload – Law Society’s Gazette

“Cuts to civil legal aid will leave people unable to pursue their rights and increase the workload of the tribunal system, the senior president of tribunals has warned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal Profession Lawcast (2): Neil Rose on ABS – Jackson – Funding – Regulation and the state of the profession today – Charon QC

“Today I am talking to Neil Rose of Legal Futures about the changing legal landscape in 2011. Legal Futures is the brainchild of Neil Rose, who has been writing about the Legal Services Act since its genesis in the OFT report of 2001. Neil is a highly experienced legal journalist, having spent 12 years working on the Law Society’s Gazette, latterly as Deputy Editor and including a lengthy spell as Acting Editor in 2007. A qualified solicitor, he went freelance in January 2008.”

Podcast

Charon QC, 7th March 2011

Source: www.charonqc.wordpress.com

“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Injured by the NHS? Prepare for further pain – The Guardian

“Justice ministry hopes to remove clinical negligence from legal aid and make claimants pay fees and premiums out of damages.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

War of the words: how the government controls the debate with its lexicon – Law Society’s Gazette

“Ministers in the coalition government don’t talk about ‘fat cat lawyers’.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Could you defend yourself in court? – BBC News

“Legal aid changes in England and Wales could mean hundreds of thousands more people representing themselves in court, judges have warned. So how exactly do you become an amateur lawyer?”

Full story

BBC News, 28th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judges slam legal aid cuts and lawyers who bring ‘unmeritorious’ claims – Law Society’s Gazette

“Judges have slammed government plans to cut legal aid, but also criticised publicly funded lawyers who bring ‘unmeritorious’ public law claims, and proposed limiting legal aid in judicial review cases.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 28th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Most senior judge attacks legal aid plans – Daily Telegraph

“Cuts to legal aid will have ‘serious implications for the quality of justice’, the country’s most senior judge warned yesterday in a scathing attack on Kenneth Clarke’s plans.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Related link: Q&A: Legal Aid

Legal aid cuts will cost more in long run, say judges – The Guardian

“Courts could grind to a standstill as hundreds of thousands of people represent themselves in legal cases, senior judges have warned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales – Judiciary of England and Wales

“The judiciary’s co-ordinated response to the Government’s legal aid consultation paper is published today. It was drawn up by a sub-committee of the Judges’ Council (the body which represents all levels of the judiciary, and is chaired by the Lord Chief Justice).”

Full story

Judiciary of England and Wales, 24th February 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

The National Pro Bono Centre Question Time Debate – The Bar Council

“Following on from the 2010 LawWorks event “Legal Aid after the Election”, the National Pro Bono Centre is delighted to give notice of the second Legal Aid Question Time. Panel members will include key representatives from the main political parties and from the representative professional bodies. The audience will include lawyers from all practice areas, members of the advice sector and other key legal aid stakeholders.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 21st February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Legal Aid Cuts Will Cost More Than They Save: Barristers’ Body Warns That Increase in ‘DIY Justice’ Will Gridlock Courts – The Bar Council

“A forensic examination of the Government’s Green Paper on legal aid, carried out by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has found that proposals by the Ministry of Justice to cut legal aid could end up costing rather than saving taxpayers’ money, with a devastating effect on access to justice.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 14th February 2011

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

We defend the public interest in our response to MOJ proposals for Legal Aid Reform – Bar Standards Board

“Our response to the MOJ’s proposals for Legal Aid Reform states that the cuts to Legal Aid will have no discernible positive regulatory impact and do little to protect and promote the public interest.”

Full story

Bar Standards Board, 14th February 2011

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Bar Council cautions against ‘DIY litigants’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The government’s ‘crude and brutal’ legal aid cuts will trigger a surge in ‘DIY litigants’ that risks ‘gridlock’ in the courts, the Bar Council has warned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Butler-Sloss issues warning over legal aid cuts – Law Society’s Gazette

“The government’s planned legal aid cuts will have a ‘serious adverse long-term effect’ on the justice system, a former president of the family division of the High Court has warned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal aid cuts ‘crude and brutal’ – The Independent

“Proposed cuts to the legal aid budget will cost more than they save and could leave more than half a million people ‘silenced in court’, legal experts have warned.”

Full story

The Independent, 14th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Devastating impact’ of legal aid cuts plan – BBC News

“Proposed changes to legal aid will have a ‘devastating impact’ on the most vulnerable in Wales, it is claimed.”

Full story

BBC News, 14th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Response to Ministry of Justice Consultation as to reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales on behalf of Inner Temple Bar Liaison Committee – The Inner Temple

“This response is made by the Inner Temple Bar Liaison Committee which is the representative body for practitioner members of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four Inns of Court to which all barristers must belong. The committee represents 3,275 barrister practitioners.”

Full story

The Inner Temple, 9th February 2011

Source: www.innertemple.org.uk

The campaign against proposed legal aid cuts gains public support – Law Society’s Gazette

“Last week’s adjournment debate on legal aid cuts in the House of Commons marked a change in tone among MPs who, before Christmas, had not made much of the Ministry of Justice’s proposed £350m annual cut to the legal aid budget. What became evident in the debate, secured by Labour MP Yvonne Fovargue, is that MPs are starting to feel the pressure on this issue at a constituency level – from solicitors, citizens advice bureaux, barristers and groups who work with, and represent, vulnerable people.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Case for legal aid – from a desperate young mother – The Guardian

“Evidence to a distinguished panel of non-lawyers gives MPs a powerful reminder of the need for publicly funded legal advice.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

The Epilim compensation case joins a dismal roll call – The Guardian

“A case by 100 families against a drug company collapsed when legal aid dried up. As the cuts bite, expect more such failures.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Scrapping Legal Aid for medical cases ‘bad for justice and health’ – Daily Telegraph

“Plans to remove Legal Aid for clinical negligence cases would damage access to justice and allow risks taken by doctors to go unchecked, according to the father of a boy who died after a medical blunder.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 31st January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

End to epilepsy drug action delayed – The Independent

“A move to discontinue legal action brought by families who blame an epilepsy drug for causing defects in their children suffered a delay today (28 January).”

Full story

The Independent, 28th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Care home residents denied legal aid – by typing error – The Independent

“A solicitor who has battled for years on behalf of disabled and elderly residents of care homes has been told she will get no legal aid work in the coming year – because of a typing error.”

Full story

The Independent, 31st January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal aid change prompts concerns in Wales – BBC News

“Legal professionals in Wales have expressed concerns about reforms to the legal aid system.”

Full story

BBC News, 23rd Janaury 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Proposals for reform of civil litigation funding and costs in England and Wales: Lord Justice Jackson response – Judiciary of England and Wales

“Lord Justice Jackson has sent the Lord Chancellor his response to the Ministry of Justice consultation paper on civil litigation funding and costs. The consultation closes on 14 February 2011.”

Full response

Judiciary of England & Wales, 20th January 2011

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Legal aid cuts ‘deprive drug claimants of day in court’ – BBC News

“Legal aid cuts will make it impossible to challenge pharmaceutical companies in the courts, the BBC has been told.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Law firms win judicial review case against LSC – The Lawyer

“Two law firms, Public Interest Lawyers and RMNJ, have successfully fought a judicial review case against the Legal Services Commission (LSC).”

Full story

The Lawyer, 20th December 2010

Source: www.thelawyer.com

Legal aid backlog leaves some defendants unrepresented – Law Society’s Gazette

“Delays in processing legal aid applications are leaving some defendants in London’s Crown and magistrates’ courts unrepresented, criminal solicitors have warned.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 16th December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Family Law Bar Association Warns of Consequences of Civil Legal Aid Cuts – The Bar Council

“Ahead of Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke QC MP’s appearance before the Justice Select Committee tomorrow, the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), which represents family barristers in England and Wales, has warned of the potentially dangerous consequences of the planned cuts to civil legal aid.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 14th December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

The legal aid helpline should not be another hurdle for the vulnerable – The Guardian

“Last month’s green paper on legal aid proposed a ‘single gateway’ to what remains of a decimated, post-cuts legal aid scheme – a ‘simple, straightforward’ telephone service. The idea is to build on the helpline set up by the Legal Services Commission in 2004, Community Legal Advice.”

Full story

The Guardian, 13th December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Will mediation replace solicitors in divorce proceedings? – BBC News

“Divorce can be a highly complex issue and many people going through it feel legal representation is vital. Until now, legal aid has been available to fund it, but new legislation means it will no longer be available in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Legal aid lawyers were struggling even before the cuts – The Guardian

“These are dark days for junior legal aid lawyers. Even before the cuts to the legal aid budget were announced last month, they were struggling to get by on salaries that are among the lowest in the public sector (£16,650 for trainee solicitors and £10,000 for trainee barristers, rising to little more than £25,000 after several years in the job). Now they’re bracing themselves for their practices to be decimated as many of their clients lose eligibility for state funding.”

Full story

The Guardian, 3rd December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Incoming Bar Chairman: Diversification Good For the Bar and For Its Clients – The Bar Council

“Peter Lodder QC, incoming Chairman of the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, will call for publicly funded barristers to diversify their practices, when he delivers his inaugural address to the Bar Council this evening. Lodder, takes over as Chairman of the Bar from Nicholas Green QC on 1 January 2011.”

Full story

The Bar Council, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

‘Mixed practice’ warning for publicly funded barristers – Law Society’s Gazette

“Incoming Bar Council chairman Peter Lodder QC today warned publicly funded barristers to diversify or face a bleak future.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

House of Commons inquiry – Law Society’s Gazette

“The House of Commons’ Justice Committee has launched an inquiry into the government’s recent legal aid green paper, inviting evidence on the likely impact of the reforms on the number and quality of legal aid practitioners, and whether the government’s civil justice proposals mirror the Jackson report.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Legal aid solicitors overpaid by £77m – Law Society’s Gazette

“Legal aid solicitors have been overpaid by almost £77m, according to a report published today by public spending watchdog, the National Audit Office.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 30th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

The Epilim case shows the flaws in the legal aid regime – The Guardian

“Families who claim the epilepsy drug was linked to birth defects have few options left after the LSC withdrew funding.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Whitehall proposals ignore people who could fill civil legal aid void – Law Society’s Gazette

“The most common reaction to last week’s Ministry of Justice green paper on legal aid is shock. That shock is manifested among legal aid practitioners, clients and the groups that speak for clients.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 25th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk


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