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Editorial

Editorial November 2016

November, 2016 by Steve Hynes

A policy of building walls and fanning the flames of prejudice will not solve the refugee crisis

News

News and comment November 2016

November, 2016 by LAG

Legal Aid Agency climbs down on embarrassment clause
Homelessness bill gets government support
Amnesty hits out at legal aid cuts in new research report
Immigrants detained for the state’s ‘convenience’
Legal aid lawyers have shown the new Legal Aid Agency chief that they won’t give him an easy ride
Prisoners’ legal aid cuts to be challenged in Court of Appeal

Opinion and analysis

Catherine Baksi explores the government’s response to the plight of child refugees in Calais and across Europe, and how the clearance of the ‘Jungle’ camp might affect those who lived there.

We now know that the government wants to trigger article 50 of the Treaty on European Union by March 2017 and that a bill will be introduced into parliament to come into force after Brexit happens to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and incorporate into UK law all EU law at the time of its passing. (Dubbed the Great Repeal Bill, it will also actually be the Great EU Law Adoption Bill.) The intention then is to go through EU law to work out what we don’t want.

Law and practice

Housing: article 8 and children

November, 2016 by Sam Madge-Wyld

Sam Madge-Wyld considers whether the courts’ approach to article 8 defences to possession claims should be different when the defence contends that the eviction is inconsistent with the best interests of the occupier’s children and contrary to article 3.1 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.



Law and practice

Public law: update

November, 2016 by Samuel Jacobs, Lindsay Johnson, Jesse Nicholls and Martin Westgate QC

Samuel Jacobs, Lindsay Johnson, Jesse Nicholls and Martin Westgate QC highlight important policy and legislation developments and cases on vires, fairness, local authority powers, relevant considerations/ consultation, standing, scope of judicial review, and delay.