The MoJ seem determined to press ahead with their "Flexible Operating Hours" pilot, despite no disclosed business case or enthusiasm from those required to participate. Defence lawyers remain excluded from the National Steering Group. Here in London, the pilot at Blackfriars has started, and "partner agencies" affected were invited to send back information on the [...]

The LCCSA committee meets on the second Monday of each month (other than August) usually at 6.30. We are grateful to Kingsley Napley solicitors for providing space at their offices to meet. Members are entitled to attend any committee meeting and very welcome, but must notify our administrator Sara in advance so we can ensure there [...]

REMINDER On Thursday 15th June 2017, Colin Wells, Barrister at 25 Bedford Row and Rebecca Niblock, Partner at Kingsley Napley are delighted to be providing an essential update to LCCSA Members on: Abuse of Process case law Abuse of Process in extradition proceedings 5.45pm for 6pm start, at 25 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4HD FREE [...]

Liz Truss has been demoted in Theresa May's post-election re-shuffle, and has been replaced as Lord Chancellor by David Lidington. The LCCSA hopes that, unlike Truss, Lidington will meet the Association soon as Gove did at the start of his tenure. LCCSA past president Greg Foxsmith looks back on Truss' record in office  here. The [...]

Following changes by HMCTS we have been informed that from Monday 12th June 2017 Inner London Youth Court  will sit at Highbury Corner Youth Court instead of Hammersmith Magistrates.   More information concerning changes will be sent out soon.   Kind regards   National Duty Performance Legal Aid Agency | Fothergill House | 16 King [...]

We have had much interest and support for the members@ email group, which has been a useful way to share information and help members find cover for clients at courts.   However, nobody wants to drown in a sea of emails and if overused there is a risk that other members will unsubscribe from the [...]

Abuse of Process (third edition) Published Oxford University Press (ISBN 978-0-19-878604-7) Note- Signed copies available from the author at an LCCSA talk on Abuse of Process, to be held at 25 Bedford Row on 15 June (free to members) This is the third edition of this excellent book and remains the essential guide to the [...]

The The Law Society 2017 Council Elections are now open for Geographical and Non-Geographical seats. The CLSA and LCCSA organisations usually nominate a member. Bill Waddington currently represents both organisations having been voted in by members. The position is up for re-election because Bill had taken over from the previous representative who had moved roles [...]

TLC Legals Update - LAA 2018 Civil Tender delayed (For those with civil contracts and that similarly the pilot scheme re extended hours is also on hold) Just a quick update to advise that the LAA announced a further delay in the timetable for the 2018 Civil Tender today. The reason cited for the delay [...]

At the Isleworth Court User Meeting on 26/4/17  I took the following notes from a legal adviser attending on behalf of Hammersmith to advise Isleworth on what was happening with the closure, this information will be of interest to members in the affected area: Hammersmith MC report by Nisha Gautama, legal adviser. 12/6 YC work [...]

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