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December 2016


Legal Action

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Editorial December 2016

December, 2016 by Steve Hynes

The Care Act 2014 will not help vulnerable adults and their carers if the government persists in cutting local authority funding


News December 2016

December, 2016 by LAG

Government back-pedals on immigration tribunal fees
Bach Commission on Access to Justice interim report published
Homelessness bill at committee stage
Women’s March on London planned

It still feels startling to recall that just under a year ago, the government capitulated in its battle with criminal legal aid firms to introduce the dual contracts system, which would have reduced the number of firms undertaking duty contracts by two-thirds. In the same announcement, the then justice secretary, Michael Gove, confirmed that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) would suspend a fee cut of 8.75 per cent for a year from April 2016. With the clock now ticking down to this deadline, will Gove’s successor, Liz Truss, go ahead with the cut and risk a showdown with criminal legal aid lawyers?

Opinion and analysis

When asked what motivates me to do this work, I have two overriding emotions. The first, unsurprisingly as a lawyer, is a deep commitment to the rule of law. Not in some theoretical sense given in law lectures, but the practice of it in everyday work. All defendants should be entitled to a vigorous defence, and we should cherish our principles: innocent until proven guilty; the holding of the state to account in its investigations; and for justice to be done.

Law and practice

Support for migrants: update

December, 2016 by Sasha Rozansky and Deborah Gellner

Sasha Rozansky and Deborah Gellner review recent policy developments, research and case law affecting asylum-seekers and other migrants.

Law and practice

Support for migrants: case note

December, 2016 by Tessa Burwood and Michael Bates

Tessa Burwood and Michael Bates examine a case on the process of a review undertaken by the home secretary that determined the levels of support available to adult asylum-seekers and their dependants.