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.
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: […]
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, […]
I would like to start my first editorial by wishingeveryone a very Happy New Year. It is, unfortunately,a year that begins with great uncertainty but we cantakesomesmallcomfortfromthefactthatwearenot alone. In this edition’s interview, Ian Lawrence, the general secretary of the National Association ofProbationOfficers,confirmsthatthefutureofprobationofficersisnota certain one and that MrGrayling’sproposalsforthemareas illconceivedasarehisplans for us.
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.
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.
“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.
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