LCCSA News, Legal Aid


PUBLISHED January 2, 2015

An auction is being held to help raise funds for Judicial Review proceedings against MOJ's decision to press ahead with the 2-tier contracting system.  An auction for various items/ events/ opportunities that is open to anyone. Auction items will be added throughout the life of the auction and will be labelled by a LOT number .  The auction will end on the 10th January at midnight and the highest bidder for each LOT will win. To claim their item the winning bidder must donate the amount bid to the fund within 48hours ie. by midnight on the 12th January 2015. 100% of the money raised will go to funding the legal proceedings. Please click here to access the bidding site .


The auctions are being held to raise money to support the Judicial Review against The Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling. Mr Grayling has announced plans to completely overhaul the provision of legal aid in criminal cases. This will see around 1600 firms cut to 527 or less. The legal profession have been vocal in their opposition to the proposed changes as they believe that the justice system in this country will be damaged beyond repair. The proposed changes will mean a two tier system in which only the wealthy will have access to a good standard of representation. Despite the clear opposition to the proposals by everyone from the judiciary down Mr Grayling will not listen.

How can I help?

There are a number of ways that people can help. Every donation to the fund helps. 100% of the donations will be contributed to the fund. You can either donate at or place a bid on an auction item.
If you are able to then you can donate an item/ event/ opportunity by contacting one of the admin team. At the very least you can bring anyone and everyone's attention to the cause; email, share and retweet.


The auction is being held on Facebook and Twitter. You can join the Facebook group "Raising Judicial Review Funds" or follow us on Twitter with #auction4justice

The Good Stuff

As of the 2nd January 2015 the auction items are as follows;

#LOT 1

Tea on the Terrace for two people at the Houses of Parliament and two tickets to attend Prime Ministers Questions on a date on or before 30th March 2015. Money can't buy this sort of
experience so dig deep please


Dinner for four guests in the Strangers Dining Room at the Houses of Parliament. (usually in excess of £80 per head)


A signed bottle of the House of Commons Speakers Whiskey, signed by the Speaker of The House .


The original Borsok The Badger, a main feature in the early days of the Save UK Justice Campaign and the number one fan of the formidable Michael Turner QC.


An evening with Michael Turner QC, dinner at a rest aurant of your choice and a guided tour of Chambers. Who wouldn't want the chance to be entertained by the man who brought us the
original and best Monday Message.

#LOT 6

One week stay for two people in a four bedroomed cottage in the Lake District. Self-catering but Prosecco on arrival will be provided. Haycote Cottage is located in the National Park and is
surrounded by farmlands and rolling country side. Most importantly there are pubs to be found in walking distance. Dates to be agreed subject to availability.

#LOT 7

Afternoon tea with Barrister and newly appointed CBA exec Rebecca Herbert. Anyone who follows Rebecca on twitter will know that this promises to be a hysterical afternoon with our shrill media

#LOT 8

Dinner with Bill Waddintgon, the CLSA Chairman and hero to the profession. Who wouldn't want the chance to spend quality time with our very own Superman.

#LOT 9

A signed and framed print of Save UK Justice artwork of your choice by the very talented Stuart Wild.

#LOT 10

Lunch for two with Steve Smith; Solicitor, Public Speaker and author of "Boozers, Ballcocks and Bail". Lunch will take place at the House of Lords and Lord Ahmed will accompany Steve and the
two lucky guests. A tour of the House of Lords and visit to the gift shop will also be included. This promises to be an entertaining and informative treat for the lucky winner.

#LOT 11

Barrister and newly appointed CBA exec heroine Mary Aspinall-Miles will treat two lucky people to a London rock gig. This promises to be a completely unforgettable experience in very good
company. The gig will be selected by mutual agreement but Mary has one condition - the music must be LOUD. Not for the faint hearted.

#LOT 12

Lunch with David Rowntree; Solictor, Justice Campaigner, Radio Presenter and 25% of Blur. Come on Girls and Boys lets drum up bids for this money can't buy experience.

#LOT 13

Four ball game of golf with two buggies at the Phoenix Golf Club, Yorkshire. Gold clubs at the ready.

#LOT 14

Two tickets for a London Irish Premiership home game date to be agreed.

#LOT 15

Lunch with Michael Mansfield QC

#LOT 16

One week in a six bedroomed villa in Italy on the Adriatic Coast. Current availability for a week in the last two weeks of September but June may be a possibility.

#LOT 17

Two arty prints by Nicky Perry

#LOT 18

Use of a two bedroomed serviced apartment in London (close to Millenium Bridge) for a Friday and Saturday night, champagne on arrival.

#LOT 19

Once in a lifetime opportunity donated by writer producer and director Kay Mellor to spend a day on the set of The Syndicate . This will include lunch with the cast and crew , a cameo appearance as well a signed copy of the script. Filming is likely to take place very soon and if the winning bidder cannot find any dates to avoid there will be an opportunity to attend the set of "In the Club " in the autumn instead .

#LOT 20

A signed copy of The Sexual Offences Handbook (2nd edition) by Felicity Gerry QC. Unsigned copy worth £95.

Admin Contacts for the Auction