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March 2017


Legal Action

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Editorial March 2017

March, 2017 by Steve Hynes

The employment tribunal fees review is a let-down for employees currently priced out of access to justice


News and comment March 2017

March, 2017 by LAG

Proposed cuts to criminal legal aid fees condemned
Advice Quality Standard v2 launched
ET fees review: results announced
LALY awards 2017: nominations open!
High-profile legal aid lawyer struck off for misconduct
Review announced of Scottish legal aid
Minimum income requirement judgment a ‘victory for families’
Greater Manchester Law Centre opens
Last month, the Tribunal Procedure Committee published a consultation on changes to the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) Rules 2014 SI No 2604 arising from the Immigration Act (IA) 2016.


In February, the human rights lawyer Phil Shiner was struck off and ordered to pay costs by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT).


In praise of: John Nicholson

March, 2017 by Steve Hynes

John Nicholson would probably argue he is not worthy of the (admittedly minor!) accolade of being mentioned in this column. I suspect that he would argue that the establishment of the Greater Manchester Law Centre has been down to a collective effort. But it is due in large part to this determined and indefatigable campaigner that the venture has got off the ground.


LAG community care law conference 2017

March, 2017 by Luke Clements

On 10 February 2017, delegates gathered in London for this year’s LAG Community Care Law Conference. Professor Luke Clements gave the keynote speech, thanking those at the frontline of social care work and highlighting the work of the Local Government Ombudsman in ensuring local authorities perform their duties under the Care Act 2014. This is an abridged version of that speech.

Law and practice

Mental health: update

March, 2017 by Felicity Auer, Joanna Dean and Stephen Heath

Felicity Auer, Joanna Dean and Stephen Heath review developments in domestic legislation, policy, guidance, practice directions, consultations, reports and committees, and highlight some international issues.

Law and practice

Youth justice: update

March, 2017 by Jennifer Twite and Kate Aubrey-Johnson

Jennifer Twite and Kate Aubrey-Johnson round up the latest developments affecting young defendants including the final report of the Taylor Review, a revised practice direction on intermediaries, and guidance on stop and search, non-payment of fines and sexting.