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February 2017


Legal Action

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Editorial February 2017

February, 2017 by Steve Hynes

The Law Society’s loss of its chief executive highlights the identity crisis at the heart of Chancery Lane


News February 2017

February, 2017 by LAG

Proposed price competition in new Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme tenders met with criticism
Youth Access charity launches public legal education programme
LAG now well into middle age
Special thanks go to One Crown Office Row Brighton.
Law Society probes Dixon resignation letter leak
New community care advice charity to address councils’ Care Act failings
Domestic violence legal aid review confirmed
James Sandbach moves on
Natalia Rymaszewska moves on

During the legislative passage of the legal aid reforms (incorporated into the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO)), ministers committed to undertaking a ‘post-legislative review’ of the changes after three years of the new system coming into effect.

Opinion and analysis

Local authorities have to set their budgets by 11 March (it’s in Local Government Finance Act 1992 s32(10)) so this time of year is when decisions are made about changing spending, to come into force from the beginning of the financial year in April.

Opinion and analysis

In praise of: Gary Slapper RIP

February, 2017 by Steve Hynes

Everyone at LAG was sad to learn of the passing of Gary Slapper, the legal academic and writer who died unexpectedly in December.

Women’s Aid has expressed deep concern about the lack of protection for victims of domestic violence in family courts, especially where their alleged abusers are permitted to cross-examine them, although the wider problems of such vulnerable witnesses (including children) in family cases go much deeper than this.

Law and practice

Mental health: update

February, 2017 by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan Wilson considers cases concerning the legal status of hospital managers’ hearing decisions, anonymity for mental health patients, the provision of reasons for recall to hospital, and the relevance of the European Convention on Human Rights to mental health tribunal decisions.

Law and practice

Community care: update

February, 2017 by Karen Ashton and Simon Garlick

Karen Ashton and Simon Garlick round up important policy and legislative developments, Local Government Ombudsman complaints and other cases on Mental Health Act 1983 s117, personal budgets and commissioning drugs for preventative use.