The financial means test for legal aid has forced many defendants into a corner, writes Kerry Hudson, President of the LCCSA in The Guardian.  The full article can be read here:-

Welcome to our New LCCSA President, Kerry Hudson Please see below a copy of Kerry Hudson’s AGM 2019 Speech   Is there anything more frightening than standing in front of 100 solicitors drinking wine? I am 50% excited, 50% terrified! I would like to start with a big thank you to the past and present [...]

AGM 2019

At the AGM on Thursday 14th November 2019, outgoing President Jonathan Black handed over to incoming President Kerry Hudson. We wish Kerry lots of luck over the next year as LCCSA President. Howard Riddle CBE addressed the Association and tells the LCCSA ‘Duty Solicitors are disgracefully underpaid. They save the system far more than they [...]

As many know this is my second term as President of the Association: I last held the position in 2015-16 between which there has been a kind of inside-out Greg sandwich thanks to Messrs Foxsmith and Powell. In 2015 the legal profession was united to get rid of Chris Grayling, and the general election gave [...]

The London Advocate Issue 90 October 2019 (3)

Legal Sector Workers United (LSWU) has teamed up with Organise ( to launch a survey about pay in the legal sector. The anonymous information collected will enable workers to better understand the pay landscape, and their position in it. The information will be published, so that we as a sector can together determine where the [...]

Following on from the recent consultation on Guidance for prosecutors on dealing with defendants with mental health issues and Max Hill QC’s speech on the topic, the CPS are on Tuesday of next week holding the first meeting of their new Mental Health Single Point of Contact (SPOC) network. I am told that they have [...]

There are potentially very drastic changes to youth court advocacy on the horizon and the committee need your assistance with responding effectively to the proposals. The SRA have launched a new consultation entitled Assuring Advocacy Standards. The consultation documents are attached to this e-mail. In summary, the SRA believe that “persistent concerns have been raised [...]

Following the apparent ongoing issues with the DSCC, a new dedicated complaints email address has now been sent up: Please use this mailbox to log complaints directly with the new provider. We would suggest that you also follow specific case complaints up with your LAA Contract Manager. Please note the DSCC general enquiries mailbox [...]

Update following DSCC problems

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