The London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association
Saturday, May 18, 2013Author: 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.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Akhtar Ahmad @ 4:55:30 PM
My first report as president must begin by thanking everyone who took the trouble of sending their best wishes to me for my term of office and by my paying tribute to Jim Meyer for the exceptional effort he put into his year as president. Jim’s contribution – over a number of years – both in terms of technical expertise and contribution to debates on policy, has been extremely valuable to the association. Fortunately for me, he will be very much part of our committee as immediate past president/webmaster and will continue to be heavily involved in this year’s key projects.
Saturday, March 02, 2013Author: Akhtar Ahmad @ 4:19:44 PM
Members may be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu when I report that the Legal Services Commission and Ministry of Justice are now focusing on price competitive tendering in their future policy work on criminal legal aid. Lessons, it seems, may not have been learned from past efforts to explore the applicability of PCT/best value tendering to a complex market such as criminal defence. The LCCSA has again pointed out the fatal flaws in the concept and its potentially devastating effect on the quality and sustainability of the provision of legal services. We shall continue to do so.
Friday, November 16, 2012Author: Jim Meyer @ 7:31:02 AM
This is Jim Meyer's final report as the association’s president.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012Author: Jim Meyer @ 2:25:01 PM
For this report, I have wrestled with my conscience, struggling to decide whether I should stick to my formula of reporting CJS-wide issues and ignoring matters that are personal to me and/or my firm (Tuckers) or whether I should write about what is at the forefront of my mind. The latter won through so I hope you will forgive me if this report is a little Tuckers-centric.
Thursday, July 05, 2012Author: Jim Meyer @ 11:18:11 AM
If economies work in cycles, then so too does the justice system.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012Author: Jim Meyer @ 5:22:06 PM
This is my third report as president and I can’t help but wonder where the time has gone.
Friday, March 02, 2012Author: Jim Meyer @ 11:16:18 AM
Nearly a year after its publication date, Otterburn Legal Consulting’s report to the Ministry of Justice has finally been released to the profession. Government now has to face up to the realities of the criminal defence system it created: 12 months ago, the most profitable firms welcomed in the year operating on margins of just 12% and in the certain knowledge that those would soon fall to 5% (ie a reduction of 75% overall).
Thursday, January 05, 2012Author: Jim Meyer @ 11:32:21 AM
This is my first report as president; and, while I would like to take credit for kicking best value tendering (BVT) into the long grass, I regret to report it had absolutely nothing to do with me! Over the next year, I hope to reform the way the committee engages with the membership and I hope that anyone who wishes to make their voice heard feels confident that they can do just that.
Friday, November 25, 2011Author: Malcolm Duxbury @ 10:53:14 PM
Malcolm Duxbury writes his last report as President of the LCCSA with mixed feelings.
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