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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.

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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.

Removal Storage Legal Aid

Advocate Issue 76

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” – Charles Dickens’s description  of the French Revolution only begins to reflect this period in the life of the association: the proposals with which our members are threatened  - amounting to a death sentence for the majority – are terrifying; but there have been few occasions in our history when we have seen such commitment, courage and unity in response.

Smells fishy to me

Advocate Issue 75

The consultation  document  from the Ministry of Justice is called Transforming Legal Aid. This is no exaggeration:  a transformation is certainly what has been proposed.  British justice has been – still is – the envy of the world. Not for much longer.

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