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September 2016


Legal Action

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News in brief

September, 2016 by LAG

New faces at the Ministry of Justice
New Law Centre in Manchester
Chief coroner calls for legal aid for representation at inquests
Justice First Fellowships: applications open
Housing law crisis: advice deserts open up across the country
Consultation provides new opportunities for law reform
Controversy notwithstanding, the Briggs Report contains welcome recommendations for improving access to justice
Public Interest Lawyers to close as contract terminated
Employment tribunal decisions to go online

Opinion and analysis

Raj Chada column

September, 2016 by Raj Chada

"Chilcot lays bare a catastrophic error of judgement. That is a damning indictment in history. Whether it is an indictment for a trial is less clear.”

Opinion and analysis

In praise of: Molly Roberts

September, 2016 by Nim Moorthy

It is not uncommon for LAG to receive emails asking for more information on access to justice issues. This was exactly what happened back in April when Molly Roberts contacted us.
She had come across LAG on the web and was happy to discover that one of our patrons is Mrs Justice Cox, whose judgments she'd been reading, and asked if we had any advice on how she could follow in her footsteps.

Law and practice

Youth justice: update

September, 2016 by Jennifer Twite and Kate Aubrey-Johnson

Jennifer Twite and Kate Aubrey-Johnson round up the latest developments affecting young defendants in areas including sentencing, jury directions, allocation, detention in adult police cells and anonymity, as well as recent youth justice reports.

Law and practice

Social security: recent developments

September, 2016 by Simon Osborne

Simon Osborne examines case law relating to claims, overpayments, decisions and appeals (including tribunals), human rights and EU law.