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April 2013


Legal Action

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Picking up the pieces

April, 2013 by LAG

This special issue of Legal Action marks the implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 this month.


The final orders and regulations to implement changes to legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 were last month approved by parliament on the last day the House of Lords sat before the Easter recess.


The consultation paper on legal aid,Transforming legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system, has just been published and is open for responses until 4 June 2013.


Every day, Citizens Advice Bureaux (CABx) across the country see people who desperately need legal help with problems like unfair dismissal, incorrect benefit decisions or wrongly charged debts. This means that they can protect themselves from unjust, incorrect or illegal decisions by others. Gillian Guy, chief executive of Citizens Advice, describes the effects the legal aid cuts will have on CABx clients.


The end of the world as we knew it?

April, 2013 by Richard Miller

Richard Miller, head of legal aid at the Law Society, describes the key challenges that firms face since 1 April 2013 and identifies some of the approaches they can take to continue to deliver legal services.*

Law and practice

Continuing life under the LASPO Act

April, 2013 by Vicky Ling and Simon Pugh

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 will have the most significant impact on legal aid in living memory. The LASPO Act replaces the Access to Justice Act (AJA) 1999, insofar as it deals with legal aid, and from 1 April 2013 establishes an entirely new statutory regime. Vicky Ling and Simon Pugh explain the design of the LASPO Act legal aid scheme and how the new rules apply to family law and to social welfare law.

Law and practice

Martha Spurrier considers the kinds of case where exceptional funding may have to be provided under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012. The author then outlines how the Public Law Project (PLP) can help advisers and litigants make exceptional funding applications and, where appropriate, challenge funding refusals. Further articles will look at the specific exceptional funding considerations relevant to each of the out-of-scope areas of law.