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October 2017


Legal Action

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While I’d hate to come across as someone who holds a grudge, I bitterly recall Tony Blair saying in his speech to the Labour party conference in 2003 that he was going to end ‘the legal aid gravy train’.
It was a deeply damaging remark: as well as being insulting to legal aid practitioners, such rhetoric contributed to the perception that legal aid was a problem to be solved rather than an essential part of the justice system that needed (and still needs) political support.


News and comment October 2017

October, 2017 by LAG

Housing lawyer Charalambous appointed to Justice Committee
ET fees refunds
Bach Commission report published
Civil legal aid tenders open
Solicitors Journal closure announced


In the shadow of Brexit: Anti-Slavery Day 2017

October, 2017 by Silvia Nicolaou Garcia and Shu Shin Luh

Every year since 2010, the UK has marked Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October. Seven years on, what progress has the UK made in abolishing modern-day slavery?

Opinion and analysis

Someone really needs to show some leadership and heed the calls – being made by MPs of all parties, the advice sector, the Scottish government and even, through the Public and Commercial Services Union, the Department for Work and Pensions’ own staff – for the planned accelerated roll-out of universal credit to be put on hold.

Opinion and analysis

Readers will remember that earlier this year, the government announced the timetable for the long promised ‘postimplementation review’ of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO), which it was aiming to see completed in 2018.1 With the process and timetable now mired in uncertainty, a stakeholder group has produced some potential guiding principles to structure the review.


Let’s talk money

October, 2017 by Vicky Ling

They may not be something you are comfortable discussing, but being upfront about fees will pay dividends in the long run, both for you and for your clients.

In the July/August 2017 issue of Legal Action I looked at the pressures that have led to private practice and not-for-profit organisations (NfPs) pulling out of legal aid work, referring to practitioners who had put on record either that they were ceasing legal aid work or doing less of it. In this article, I will look at the documented evidence about the reduction in numbers.

Law and practice

Social security: recent developments

October, 2017 by Simon Osborne

Simon Osborne reviews recent case law developments in both means-tested and non-means-tested benefits.

Sally Robertson highlights important decisions on appeals, child benefit, employment and support allowance, jobseeker’s allowance, personal independence payment, retirement pension, state pension credit, tax credits and universal credit.