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A long-awaited report into the state of the legal aid system has thrown its weight behind a Law Society call for the government to review LASPO.
A decision to delay a government pilot trialling extended court opening hour has been welcomed today by the Law Society.
FAQs about getting legal advice if you've been affected by the fire in Grenfell Tower.
Joe Egan, president of the Law Society, has expressed concern over the controversial scheme.
The Legal Aid Agency has published its revised timetable for firms wishing to tender for 2018 civil legal aid contracts.
Speed, ease and efficiency are laudable objectives for the court system in England and Wales, but current proposals for a flexible operating hours pilot raise far more concerns than solutions. When the plan to pilot extended court opening hours was first announced in May, the Law Society warned HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) that the scheme could heap more pressure on an already fragile system.
Striking down employment tribunal fees is a victory for the tens of thousands of people denied their rights at work.
The emergency discretionary fund established for victims of the Grenfell Tower fire will be disregarded when the government assesses means for legal aid.
Four years ago, the then government implemented the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Hundreds of thousands of people who were eligible for legal aid on 31 March 2013 became ineligible the very next day.
Cuts to legal aid spending have denied justice to the most vulnerable in society, hit the public purse and damaged the foundation of our justice system.
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