Chris Grayling has insisted that his legal aid reforms will go ahead — and denounced critics who warn that price will prevail over quality.
New proposals for how environmental offenders like fly-tippers should be sentenced have been launched today by the Sentencing Council.
Dave Rowntree spent the 90’s as drummer for Blur, one of Britain’s most famous bands. Now he’s a solicitor, specialising in criminal defence and is the frontman for a campaign to stop government plans to slash criminal legal aid.
CONTROVERSIAL plans to reform legal aid will be “absolutely devastating” for Britain’s legal system and result in dangerous miscarriages of justice, a former senior judge warned last night.
Women make up about half the senior associates, so why are they missing from the upper ranks of commercial firms?
A solicitor who was caught trying to smuggle mobile phones and drugs into Saughton jail in Edinburgh has been jailed for four years.
Litigation costs have soared by almost 50 per cent in the UK during the economic downturn, research released today reveals. The figures come just days after legislation announced in last week’s Queen’s Speech sparked business fears that US-style class-action law suits could be headed to Britain.
Most weeks some lovely, caring berks tell me I am a man–hating witch, so let's get it out there. Sometimes I am. The acceptable kind of suck-it-up feminism (I love men really!) is hard to sustain after yet more abuse stories, "grooming stories", or the details of the Tia Sharp murder.
Monday 20 May 2013 by Catherine Baksi The justice secretary has asked the Law Society and Bar Council to develop a quality standard for firms bidding for criminal legal aid contracts under controversial plans for price-competitive tendering (PCT).
Walking along the high street in 2016 where between somewhere outside sainsbury local, and opposite Tesco express and The Amazon collection vault , I am approached by a person wearing a high vis vest.... my curiosity got the better of me and 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 .