LGFS CONSULTATION  POSITION STATEMENT The Law Society, Legal Aid Practitioners Group, Criminal Law Solicitors Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association oppose any further cuts to legal aid as proposed by the MOJ. The published data cannot be considered in isolation and does not justify cuts in any form. These proposals ultimately pose a threat [...]

Members who attended The Law Society on Monday evening will no doubt agree that Sir Brian Leveson proved to be an engaging and candid speaker. The evening began with a talk on his review of the efficiency of the CJS along with interesting anecdotes from his time in practice, often contrasting life in the criminal [...]

The Lord Chief Justice has approved an ‘easy read’ appeal notice under Criminal Procedure Rule 34.3. This notice combines simple language and pictures to lead the defendant through the completion of an appeal notice. The aim of drafting an appeal notice in simple language must be applauded. However, the ‘easy read’ notice takes matters too [...]

The Law Society have kindly offered us a venue to discuss our response to the latest MOJ proposals , and how we can oppose the cuts which are universally acknowledged amongst solicitors as not necessary .  We hope that there will be similar meetings elsewhere across the country . Two consultations that may shape the [...]

The profession has been fighting the MoJ's proposals to slash the provision of criminal legal aid for the last four years. Three years ago the 8.75 % cut proposed in relation to AGFS was withdrawn, whilst a further review was carried out. Notwithstanding this defence solicitors were made the subject of an 8.75 cut in [...]


The Tuesday Truth          16th January 2017 Today is the third Tuesday of 2017 – are we worrying about how we will make our pay last until the end of the month, are we worrying about how we will improve our service to clients now it’s a new year, are we worrying about what CPD [...]

LCCSA STATEMENT ON AGFS CONSULTATION  Fiddling with fees is simply the orchestra playing on the deck of a sinking ship .To make matters worse a lifeboat is to be removed from junior advocates to be given to the QC s who will get a rise. It offends the Levenson principles of rewarding early preparation and [...]

AGFS review - a less simplistic view on "plea only advocates "    The Panel Advocacy debate has been rumbling on for many years. For nearly ten years there have been calls to ensure the work of the junior bar is not usurped by solicitor advocates .    There has been a long held argument that advocates who only conduct plea [...]

The LCCSA are delighted to announce that Sir Brian Leveson, QC President of the Queen’s Bench Division will be addressing the Association on 6th February 2017,  6pm - 8pm at The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL The event will be kindly hosted by the Law Society and jointly chaired by Paul Harris [...]

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