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Editorial

Editorial

June, 2013 by LAG

Such is the strength of opposition to, and the sheer ineptness of, the government’s proposals for price competitive tendering in criminal legal aid that these might well be defeated or, at least, substantially revised. It is to be hoped that the proposals for civil legal will meet the same fate as, together with the measures in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012, these represent a blow upon a bruise to the civil justice system.

Sir Anthony Hooper, a former Appeal Court judge, appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme this month to criticise the government’s plans for price competitive tendering in criminal legal aid.

News

Organisers of the London Legal Support Trust (LLST) annual London walk say the event which took place on 20 May was the 'biggest yet'.

Feature

The LALYs 2013 finalists

June, 2013 by LAG

The 2013 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards attracted entrants of the highest calibre and are a powerful testimony to the continued excellence in the sector, despite the pressures practitioners have faced over the last 12 months. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in central London on 2 July.

Feature

Pressure points in the justice system - Part 2

June, 2013 by Ellie Palmer and Laura Wrixon

In the third of four articles on access to justice in an age of austerity, Ellie Palmer and Laura Wrixon, of the Law School at the University of Essex, focus on immigration and welfare benefits justice, the impact of removing large areas of both from the scope of legal aid and changes to the tribunal system. The article reviews the findings of the fourth in a series of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seminars, in which practitioners and academics assessed pressures on the system and discussed possible solutions.

Law and practice

Support for migrants update

June, 2013 by Sasha Rozansky, Sue Willman and Deborah Gellner

Sasha Rozansky, Sue Willman and Deborah Gellner continue the updates on welfare provision for asylum-seekers and other migrants, supplementing the third edition of LAG's handbook, Support for Asylum-seekers and other Migrants, 2009. The previous update appeared in December 2012 Legal Action 35.

Law and practice

In a series of articles, Elizabeth Weil will detail the transformation of the benefits system that began officially in April. This article considers the conditions of entitlement to universal credit (UC). Part 1, which considered the implementation of UC under the Welfare Reform Act (WRA) 2012, was published in May 2013 Legal Action 13.