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Latest legal aid statistics show worrying downward trend in access

2018-12-20T19:39:27+01:00December 13th, 2018|

The government released the official legal aid statistic on 13 December 2018, brining the data set up to date to 30 September 2018. Worryingly, crime expenditure and workload have both decreased. Fewer civil legal help matters have been started, continuing the trend since the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). Mediation [...]

Joining the Dots: Domestic abuse, civil and criminal justice and technology

2018-10-17T14:39:31+01:00October 15th, 2018|

Joining the Dots: Domestic abuse, civil and criminal justice and technology Crest Advisory and CGI have undertaken a partnership research project to identify ways to address the twenty-first century challenges of tackling domestic abuse across the justice system and beyond. Domestic abuse is a prevalent, high-impact crime with widespread and lasting consequences. Today in England and Wales [...]

We’ve launched our 2017 Annual Review

2018-09-24T10:09:52+01:00April 27th, 2018|

On 26th April 2018 LAPG held a reception to launch its second Annual Review. Baroness Helena Kennedy QC spoke about the importance of legal aid work and the rule of law. She remembered once being asked if she was the barrister who represented ‘women and other criminals’. Co–chairs Jenny Beck and Nicola Mackintosh QC(Hon) referred [...]

Research casts doubt on efficacy of telephone advice for social welfare law clients

2017-11-30T15:34:01+01:00November 30th, 2017|

Dr Marie Burton, within her PhD thesis: Calling for Justice: Comparing telephone and face-to-face advice in social welfare Law (LSE, 2016), has found that: There are significant consequences of replacing face-to-face advice with telephone advice in social welfare law. These consequences can seriously disadvantage many social welfare clients, particularly those who are more vulnerable and [...]

APPG on Legal Aid engages MPs and their caseworkers on how to help their constituents

2017-11-08T11:46:14+01:00November 8th, 2017|

The APPG on Legal Aid collaborated with organisations from across the advice sector to engage with MPs and their caseworkers at an event in Portcullis House on 1 November 2018.  The event was organised to introduce MPs and their caseworkers to organisations that provide training, resources and referral sources to help MPs and caseworkers provide [...]

LAPG launches manifesto for legal aid.

2017-10-09T06:06:26+01:00October 9th, 2017|

Legal Aid Practitioners Group sets out detailed plan for undoing damage caused by LASPO cuts. The Legal Aid Practitioners Group has drawn on the expertise and experience of its members to produce a 'pragmatic and clear' manifesto for restoring  access to justice, lost following the 2012 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. Writing [...]

Bach Commission “The Right to Justice” Report out today

2017-09-22T12:12:48+01:00September 22nd, 2017|

Over the last two years, LAPG co-chair Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon), committee members Julie Bishop and Laura Janes and director Carol Storer have been sitting on the Bach Commission. We heard from more than 100 individuals and organisations. The commission has found that cuts to legal aid have created a two-tier justice system where the [...]

APPG on Legal Aid – Karen Buck MP elected Chair

2017-07-12T16:43:16+01:00July 12th, 2017|

Karen Buck MP, the first ever Chair of the APPG on Legal Aid, was re-elected Chair at this morning's meeting in Westminster. Elected as Vice-Chairs were Dominic Grieve MP, Sir Henry Bellingham, Andy Slaughter MP, Yvonne Fovargue MP and Alex Chalk MP.  As co-sponsors of the APPG Legal Aid Practitioners Group and Young Legal Aid [...]

LAPG writes to the new Lord Chancellor

2017-06-13T15:12:42+01:00June 13th, 2017|

LAPG Co-Chairs, Jenny Beck and Nicola Mackintosh, QC (Hon) and LAPG Director, Carol Storer OBE, have written to the Right Hon David Lidington following his appointment as Lord Chancellor.   13 June 2017 Dear The Right Hon David Lidington MP, We congratulate you on being appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. We would welcome the [...]