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The London Criminal Courts Solicitors’ Association (“LCCSA”) was founded in 1948. Members are Solicitors who practise in and around the Greater London area. Included are Prosecutors and self-employed advocates. Honorary Members (who are past Members of the Association) include Circuit Judges and District Judges.

The London Advocate

Advocate issue 82

Summer has arrived. I, for one, have been looking forward to it, having spent the first quarter of the year training for the marathon in dark, cold, wet weather that only the insane would consider appropriate conditions for running. The prospect of lighter evenings, barbecues and beer gardens is an appealing one; but I fear […]

I forgot my t'ai chi kit

Advocate Issue 81

By the time this reaches you, I hope you will have enjoyed a couple of Bank Holiday weekends, an improvement in the weather and recovered from a surfeit of chocolate and the overdose of literary quotations squeezed into the last edition of The Advocate! But an editorial would not be complete without one cultural reference: […]

A Defendant Encounters Justice

Advocate Issue 80

In this edition, university academic, Dr Tom Smith, examines “the most expensive legal aid system in the world”. We look at the foolishness of politicians: Grayling may have made the cuts but what is the position of the Liberal Democrats on this issue? Rakesh Bhasin attempts to work this out. (To even up the politician-bashing, […]

Court will adjourn for a three minute break

Advocate Issue 79

I would like to start my first editorial by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. It is, unfortunately, a year that begins with great uncertainty but we can take some small comfort from the fact that we are not alone. In this edition’s interview, Ian Lawrence, the general secretary of the National Association of Probation Officers, confirms that the future of probation officers is not a certain one and that Mr Grayling’s proposals for them are as ill conceived as are his plans for us.

I have a strong case

Advocate Issue 78

This is the last editorial I shall write for the London Advocate and composing it is a curious task because I find myself in the unusual position of welcoming myself as the new president of the association.

Bruce Reid - Altogether Now

Advocate Issue 77

As ever, the LCCSA annual dinner was a splendid and most enjoyable event and, this year, featured a standing ovation for a brilliant speech from the association’s guest speaker, Lord Justice Moses. Members and guests alike responded  to his wittily argued attack on the proposals for price competitive tendering  which have been put forward by the Ministry of Justice.

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