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September 2017


Legal Action

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Housing possession court duty schemes (HPCDSs) are an exceptional part of the legal aid system as they provide a service free at the point of delivery for people faced with losing their home.


News September 2017

September, 2017 by LAG

Housing duty tender plans condemned
Lord Neuberger criticises current lack of access to justice
Lady Hale was appointed the new president of the Supreme Court in July.
LAG welcomes new chair
Pressure on Justice Committee over legal aid review
Extended court opening hours pilot announcement meets criticism
LAG to turn 45

The UK government’s position on migration post-Brexit is set out predominantly in its policy paper, The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union: safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU (Cm 9464), published on 26 June 2017.

The Supreme Court case of R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51 is a delight worth reading. Simply put, the fees scheme is unlawful because it has the effect of preventing access to justice.

On 26 July 2017, a seven-justice Supreme Court in R (Unison) v Lord Chancellor [2017] UKSC 51 confirmed the reach of the fundamental common law right of access to the courts and its significance for the rule of law.

On 31 July 2017, Jackson LJ published Review of civil litigation costs: supplemental report – fixed recoverable costs – the proposals for judicial review are radical (although some might argue not radical enough), with profound implications for access to justice.


Keeping up on eligibility

September, 2017 by Vicky Ling

Keeping up to date in the ever-changing world of legal aid isn’t always easy.

Law and practice

Prison law: recent developments

September, 2017 by Hamish Arnott and Simon Creighton

Hamish Arnott and Simon Creighton highlight important cases on category A reviews, provision of hostels and discrimination, Parole Board reviews, and prisoners’ correspondence and compensation.

Law and practice

Social security: recent developments

September, 2017 by Simon Osborne

Simon Osborne examines recent developments in case law relating to claims and overpayments, decisions and appeals (including tribunals), and human rights and EU law.


Cris McCurley praises an important work by a specialist in the field.