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May 2017


Legal Action

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Well, we are in the middle of a general election campaign that no one predicted. It seems a combination of a commanding lead in the opinion polls and a brighter than expected economic outlook meant Theresa May could not resist the temptation to go to the country to try to secure her own mandate.


News and comment

May, 2017 by LAG

Victory in legal aid for prisoners case
Mind the gap launched at meeting of APPG on Pro Bono
Criminal law co-operative opens
London Legal Walk 2017
Brexit presents a challenge for public legal education
Homelessness Reduction Bill receives royal assent
Leigh Day SDT hearing begins

The gig economy sounds fun, doesn’t it? The phrase evokes images of piling into a van with your mates in the band; maybe you only got paid in beer this time, but it’s been an exciting night and next time you might get some cash.

Opinion and analysis

In praise of: the Hillsborough Law

May, 2017 by Tom Stoate

The fresh inquests into the deaths of 96 football supporters at Hillsborough stadium in 1989, which concluded in April 2016, were a testament to the 27-year fight by the bereaved families and those who campaigned with them, finally bringing some measure of justice after the shocking institutional coverup that followed the tragedy.


Getting through a peer review

May, 2017 by Vicky Ling

Don’t let the prospect of a peer review fill you with dread. A good one could be a real boost, and even if the results are bad, you’ll have time to put things right.

What’s the best strap line that could be used for the government’s role in legal aid? In the immortal words of Vic and Bob (Bob being a former trainee/lawyer in a legal aid firm): ‘You wouldn’t let it lie.’ The government keeps on making changes – some Treasury-led and some ideology-led. The Legal Aid Agency (LAA) constantly refines its contracting process and other processes that impact on the system. So here’s a summary of where we are.

Law and practice

Education: recent developments

May, 2017 by Angela Jackman and Eleanor Wright

Angela Jackman and Eleanor Wright highlight policy and legislative developments and cases on special educational needs, segregation by sex in mixed-sex schools, procedure concerning adjudication and judicial review, and suspension.

Law and practice

Community care: update

May, 2017 by Karen Ashton and Simon Garlick

Karen Ashton and Simon Garlick examine recent policy and legislative developments with a particular focus on the Law Commission’s DoLS replacement proposals, as well as cases on the role of the Court of Protection, and assessment and eligibility under the Care Act 2014.