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Editorial

Paths to justice

November, 2013 by LAG

In August 2013, a new research paper on the public's experience of legal problems was published, prepared under a grant from the Nuffield Foundation.

News

Figures released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show a large decline in the number of claims received by employment tribunals (ETs) after the introduction of fees at the end of July.

News

EU fundamental rights reviewed

November, 2013 by LAG

The government has announced a consultation on the impact of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union on individuals, businesses and the public sector. The consultation is part of a series of reviews on the UK’s relationship with the European Union (EU) and its institutions.

Feature

Legal aid: facing the future

November, 2013 by Carol Storer

Carol Storer, director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG), summarises the main themes and discussions from LAPG’s annual conference, which took place in the Palace Hotel, Manchester, in October.

Feature

The privilege of acting for bereaved families

November, 2013 by Fiona Bawdon

Raju Bhatt, recognised for outstanding achievement at this year’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) awards, may not think of himself as ‘a real lawyer’, but his victories against state bodies are genuine enough. Fiona Bawdon spoke to him.

Law and practice

Community care law update - Part 2

November, 2013 by Karen Ashton and Simon Garlick

Karen Ashton and Simon Garlick look at further developments in policy and legislation and recent case-law. Part 1 of this article, which appeared in October 2013 Legal Action 21, concentrated on the reforms to the adult social care system, notably the Care Bill, the draft national eligibility criteria and the consultation on funding of care and support.

Law and practice

A best practice guide to strategic litigation - Part 1

November, 2013 by Justin Leslie and Martha Spurrier

This is the first of two articles about how to conduct strategic litigation. It deals with the first steps that ought to be considered before bringing a strategic case. Part 2 will appear in March 2014 Legal Action and will deal with practical issues around finalising and progressing a case, such as identifying grounds, working out which remedy to ask for and gathering evidence. In writing these articles, Justin Leslie and Martha Spurrier draw on their experiences of strategic litigation with charities such as the Public Law Project, Mind and Medical Justice.