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Use it or lose it: children and legal aid

Use it or loose it - Children and Legal Aid


Cuts to the scope of legal aid have had a dreadful impact on the ability of many vulnerable groups, including children, to enforce their rights. Our 'Use it or lose it: children and legal aid' supplement is an attempt to cover all of the areas of law remaining in scope for legal aid in children cases. LAG hopes it will encourage practitioners to ensure that children are not excluded from legal help when they need it.

We would like to thank Noel Arnold, director of legal practice at Coram Children's Legal Centre, for acting as legal editor for the project, and all of the contributing authors.

Areas covered include:

- Private family law, Noel Arnold, Coram Children's Legal Centre

- Public family law, Noel Arnold, Coram Children's Legal Centre

- Civil legal advice, Noel Arnold, Coram Children's Legal Centre

- Education law, Noel Arnold and Kate Harvey, Coram Children's Legal Centre

- Community care law, Noel Arnold and Keeley Creedy, Coram Children's Legal Centre

- Child abuse, Tracey Storey, Irwin Mitchell LLP

- Court of Protection, David Edwards, Simpson Millar

- Employment, Philip Richardson, Stephensons Solicitors LLP

- Clinical negligence, Alison Eddy, Irwin Mitchell LLP

- Housing, Katie Brown, TV Edwards LLP

- Welfare benefits, Pamela Fitzpatrick, Harrow Law Centre

- Mental health, Sophy Miles, Doughty Street Chambers

- Children in prison, Dr Laura Janes, Howard League for Penal Reform

- Immigration and asylum law, Sophie Freeman, Coram Children's Legal Centre

- Exceptional case funding, Polly Brendon, Public Law Project

- Debt, Dianne Cowie, Duncan Lewis Solicitors

- Criminal defence, Aika Stephenson, Hodge Jones & Allen LLP and Just for Kids Law

- Actions against public authorities with the power to prosecute, detain or imprison, Shamik Dutta, Bhatt Murphy Solicitors

Readers can download a PDF of the supplement here.

We do have some printed supplements that you can request by emailing us LAG