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June 2014


Legal Action

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Denial of justice

June, 2014 by Stephen Knafler QC

Stephen Knafler QC, who will be speaking at the Garden Court Chambers/LAG Public Law Conference on 28 June, writes:


The trade union UNISON has been granted leave to appeal the High Court’s decision to refuse its judicial review application against the introduction of fees in employment tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal cases.


In a setback for the Criminal Bar’s campaign against the 30 per cent cut in fees for Very High Cost Cases (VHCCs), the Court of Appeal overturned the decision to stay the case of R v Crawley and others ([2014] EWCA Crim 1028, 21 May 2014). The judgment effectively gives the government more time to find counsel to represent the five defendants in the case.


This special feature reproduces a selection of the submissions to the Justice Committee in response to its call for written evidence into the impact of the changes to civil legal aid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012.*


Low Commission: from inquiry to advocacy

June, 2014 by James Sandbach

James Sandbach, campaigns and research manager for the Low Commission, explains how the commission intends to take its work forwards.

Law and practice

Recent developments in inquest law and practice

June, 2014 by Leslie Thomas QC, Adam Straw, Daniel Machover and Tom Stoate

In this article, Leslie Thomas QC, Adam Straw, Daniel Machover and Tom Stoate discuss recent case-law relating to inquests and give an overview of the resources provided by the Chief Coroner.

Law and practice

Daniel Machover and Helen Stone explain how the doctrine of ‘functus officio’ has hampered attempts by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to reopen faulty investigations into the death of Sean Rigg, as well as other cases involving deaths in police custody, and suggest that amendments to the Police Reform Act (PRA) 2002 could provide a solution.