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April 2014


Legal Action

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This issue of Legal Action marks the first anniversary of the devastating cuts to civil legal aid introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.


The crop of Queen’s Counsel (QC) who take silk this month includes four
previous Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) award winners.


The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners’ Advice Service have appealed the High Court’s decision to reject their application for permission to challenge the government’s decision to cut legal aid for prison law cases (R (Howard League for Penal Reform and Prisoners’ Advice Service) v Lord Chancellor [2014] EWHC 709 (Admin), 17 March 2014).


One year on from the introduction of the main provisions of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012, what is life like for those on the legal aid frontline? Fiona Bawdon finds that the cuts have left firms battle-weary and feeling under siege from the Legal Aid Agency (LAA).


A year of austerity justice

April, 2014 by Steve Hynes

Last month LAG’s director, Steve Hynes, spoke at a conference in Manchester organised by the Access to Advice campaign. This article is based on his remarks to the conference.

Law and practice

Ed Cape continues his six-monthly series on police station law and practice. This article covers recent developments in policy and legislation as well as recent, significant case-law on the right of access to a lawyer.

Law and practice

Police misconduct and the law

April, 2014 by Stephen Cragg QC, Tony Murphy and Heather Williams QC

Stephen Cragg QC, Tony Murphy and Heather Williams QC continue their
six-monthly review of important developments in the law relating to police misconduct.