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June 2017


Legal Action

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Andrew Phillips, a founder of LAG and a former member of the House of Lords, often remarks on his concerns about the amount of legislation that is produced by parliament. Lord Phillips questions how much of what is added to the statute books each year can be effectively scrutinised given the time constraints on our legislators. He is not alone.


News June 2017

June, 2017 by LAG

Leigh Day SDT case
Overwhelming response to help Manchester bomb victims
‘Tsunami of highly sensitive sex cases’ threatens justice system, CBA warns
Record turnout for London Legal Walk
Court of Appeal blasts McKenzie friends
Deputy High Court judges appointed
Lord Judge on scrutiny
Student pro bono award
Convictions in doubt
Judges join hackathon


In early 2017, a group of UK volunteer immigration lawyers, with the support of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, set up the Athens Legal Support Project, a four-month pilot (April–July 2017) providing specialist support to refugees and Greek lawyers in Athens.

Opinion and analysis

In praise of: Lord Igor Judge

June, 2017 by Steve Hynes

In his valedictory address to celebrate Lord Judge’s retirement four years ago, the then Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, described him as ‘one of our greatest chief justices’.

Opinion and analysis

Housing children when resources are scarce

June, 2017 by Sam Madge-Wyld

Sam Madge-Wyld examines how the courts have approached local authorities’ statutory duty to accommodate children.

In April 2013, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) made the most sweeping cuts to legal aid since it was established in 1949. While LASPO removed legal aid from most family, immigration, welfare benefits and housing cases, it extended exceptional case funding (ECF) to provide a ‘safety net’ where denial of legal aid would breach rights under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) or EU law.

As the pre-election issue goes to print, any crystal ball-gazing speculation will be dated by the time this magazine hits your desks. However, one topic close to my own feminist heart should still be relevant as we await the election results. Just how many women will take seats in the newly minted Westminster parliament?


Now in their 15th year, the finalists of the 2017 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards have been announced. As in all previous years, the calibre of entrants has been tremendously high.

Law and practice

Immigration: update

June, 2017 by Jawaid Luqmani

Jawaid Luqmani sets out important changes to the Immigration Rules and other legislative developments.

Law and practice

Support for migrants: update

June, 2017 by Sasha Rozansky and Deborah Gellner

Sasha Rozansky and Deborah Gellner review recent policy and research developments, and cases on EU law, asylum support, community care and children.