The London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association
Sunday, May 19, 2013 ** NEW **Author: Jonathan Black @ 7:16:02 PM
Walking along the high street in 2016 ...I am approached by a person wearing a high vis vest. I was intrigued to know what " Mind the Gap" was all about. I found out that many of their clients were not represented at court because they could not afford private representation and, because they were fortunate enough to be in (albeit poorly paid) employment, were not eligible for legal aid , but the vast majority were represented by lawyers who they met only once , were clearly under pressure by their employer and the court to progress the case at speed in order to keep cost to a minimum, did not have time to discus their case with them, did not scrutinise the evidence and often advised the innocent to plead guilty. The Prisons were full .
Sunday, May 19, 2013 ** NEW **Author: Grays Solicitors @ 6:16:21 PM
Why Students should Sign the Petition against Price Competitive Tendering
Saturday, May 18, 2013 ** NEW **Author: Rahcel Hubbard, BCL Burton Copeland @ 12:14:55 PM
The first female member of the LCCSA, Vivien Symons, a life member of the association, has died peacefully at the age of 94.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 ** NEW **Author: Gwyn Morgan @ 12:09:26 PM
Nick Ephgrave is Commander, Criminal Justice and Capability, with the Metropolitan Police
Saturday, May 18, 2013 ** NEW **Author: Bruce Reid @ 12:04:15 PM
In the CPS office, Barry Badger sighed with satisfaction. His BVT bid with Sgt Ferret had been successful: £250 a conviction. OK, there were a few expenses, police helmets got more costly every year and there was the Archbold subscription; but, provided PC Dormouse and his colleagues nicked up to their usual standard, the future was secure until July. There would be salt in the gruel this month.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 ** NEW **Author: Andrew Keenan OBE, Andrew Keenan & Co @ 12:01:00 PM
It has long been said that our system of criminal justice is admired and envied throughout the civilised world. This may well have been the case in the past; but I regret to say that, after 47 years in the practice of criminal law, my perception is that, in fact, we are heading down a route which will see the destruction of the adversarial system, the reversal of the burden of proof and the abandonment of the presumption of innocence.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 ** NEW **Author: Richard Miller, Alice Mutasa, Law Society @ 11:58:23 AM
The government’s announcement of the accelerated timetable for the consultation and introduction of price competitive tendering has thrown the profession into a frenzy of panic and speculation: can they really meet this seemingly impossible timetable? What form of tendering will be proposed? Will the government listen? Will my business survive…?
Saturday, May 18, 2013 ** NEW **Author: Akhtar Ahmad @ 11:35:27 AM
During my inaugural speech at the AGM back in November, I mentioned the unique set of challenges which the profession faced in the LCCSA’s 65th year. Not only were firms struggling to cope with the sustained series of deep cuts and increased costs associated with an over regulated profession, but also alternative business structures posed a new challenge. I referred to the fact that the spectre of competitive tendering had not disappeared, not being aware that it would return sooner than had been anticipated.
Thursday, May 16, 2013Author: Stephen Bird @ 3:57:46 PM
Stephen Bird is one of Chris Grayling's constituents and a leading criminal solicitor. He writes about the potential impact of the government's proposals.
Saturday, May 11, 2013Author: Paul Harris @ 2:51:40 PM
Government Proposals: Two Tier Justice
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