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May 2014


Legal Action

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Turning the tide

May, 2014 by LAG

With 12 months to go, what are the legal issues that are likely to figure in the general election campaign and how do we raise the profile of our concerns around access to justice policy?


Major changes introduced in the family justice system last month were described by the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, as amounting to a ‘revolution’.


The House of Lords debated a motion to regret, tabled by crossbench peer Lord Pannick QC, ‘that the Civil Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) (No 3) Regulations 2014 [SI No 607] make the duty of the Lord Chancellor to provide legal aid in judicial review cases dependent on the court granting permission to proceed’ early this month.


The LALYs 2014 finalists

May, 2014 by LAG

The 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year (LALY) finalists have been announced. This year saw over 1,000 pages of nominations, with some tough decisions for the LALY judges. New awards for 2014 include inquests/actions against the state, housing and legal aid champion.


Registering children as British citizens

May, 2014 by Solange Valdez and Carol Bohmer

Solange Valdez and Carol Bohmer, who in 2013 founded the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC), discuss the importance of active registration, as British citizens, of migrant children and children born to undocumented migrant parents in the UK. Solange Valdez is a finalist in the immigration/asylum category of the 2014 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards.

Law and practice

Gypsy and Traveller law update - Part 1

May, 2014 by Chris Johnson and Marc Willers QC

Chris Johnson and Marc Willers QC discuss the developments in policy, legislation and case-law in England and Wales since the articles that appeared in July and September 2012 Legal Action 21 and 23. This article deals with recent changes in policy and legislation. Part 2 will appear in July/August 2014 Legal Action. The authors welcome any case notes or comments from readers.

Law and practice

In a two-part series, Ian Loveland explores the legal basis of claims against noisy neighbours. Part 1, which was published in February 2014 Legal Action 25, examined the issue of claims against nuisance-causing neighbours. This article assesses when a claim might be brought against the neighbour’s landlord.