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December 2013


Legal Action

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Quality assurance for advocates

December, 2013 by LAG

The decision in the judicial review which the Criminal Bar has brought against its regulators is expected before the end of December.


Criminal Bar at war over QASA

December, 2013 by LAG

The judgment in a complex case between four criminal barristers and their regulators is expected in December.


Judicial review cases have been launched by the Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS) and the Howard League for Penal Reform, and by the Public Law Project (PLP), to challenge plans to change legal aid.


People with irregular immigration status are often a world away from the stereotypical 'illegal immigrant' of tabloid imagination. Some will have lived and worked in the UK nearly all their lives, unaware of their lack of status, or their risk of deportation to a country they last saw decades ago. LAG's 'Chasing Status' research aims to tell their stories. Fiona Bawdon, the journalist behind the study, explains.


Exceptional funding: 'a human rights safety net'?

December, 2013 by Mary-Rachel McCabe

Mary-Rachel McCabe, a journalist with an interest in social and criminal justice, discovers whether the coalition government’s description of the exceptional funding scheme as ‘a human rights safety net’ was merely to sweeten the bitter pill of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 as it made its way through parliament two years ago.

Law and practice

Housing repairs update 2013

December, 2013 by Beatrice Prevatt

In this annual review, Beatrice Prevatt details policy, legislation and case-law concerning housing disrepair. Readers should note that important cases relating to housing standards are reported in 'Prosecuting landlords: an update - Part 1'.

Law and practice

Prosecuting landlords: an update - Part 1

December, 2013 by Jan Luba QC

The UK government has committed itself to tackling ‘rogue’ private landlords. However, the task of enforcement has been left to hard-pressed local authorities and other enforcement agencies. In this update, Jan Luba QC reviews the use of criminal sanctions over the past year to help drive the worst landlords out of the renting business or force them to improve housing conditions. Part 1 of this article addresses prosecutions for unlawful eviction and new policy initiatives on enforcement. Part 2 will review prosecutions for other housing related offences and will be published in February 2014 Legal Action.