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Chris Grayling accepts that clients should have choice over solicitor

The Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling has backtracked over the issue of client choice in criminal legal aid, and accepted that client choice is a crucial element to ensure quality of service.

Save Legal Aid blogs

Blogs written by Save Legal Aid members have been published on websites of our partner charities.

Press coverage of the Save Legal Aid Campaign

The Guardian has published an article highlighting the ongoing campaigns against the proposed changes to criminal legal aid.

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The Alliance For Legal Aid

Law society guidance on legal aid cuts

The Law Society has published a summary of the most important aspects of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. The report focuses on the key changes that will be brought in by LASPO.

The end of legal aid for welathy criminal defendants?

The Government's amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill means that wealthy defendants will no longer be able to qualify for legal aid following a campaign by the Law Society. Now legal aid costs will be seized from all assets alongside compensation.

Assistance with law school fees available

The Law Society's diversity access scheme is now open for applications. The scheme "offers assistance with Legal Practice Course (LPC) fees to exceptional individuals who face or have overcome exceptional obstacles to qualify as a solicitor.

More news of local law firm closures

From April 1, Cross Street Law Centre will no longer offer drop in advice to people who have benefits, debt, housing or employment issues, whilst dramatic funding cuts force Camden Community Law Centre to axe two thirds of its staff this week.

Lord Neuberger, UK's most senior judge, voices legal aid fears

Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger has warned that legal aid cuts going ahead in civil cases may restrict access to justice.

Criminal case cuts and Best Value Tendering planned

Plans to make further savings to the £2bn bill for legal aid in England and Wales have been announced by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Legal aid cuts threaten Shelter's advice services

The housing charity Shelter is facing the consequences of the cuts to legal aid, as it prepares to have to close several of its advice centres around the country.

Compulosry pro bono?

Should the UK follow New York's lead and create a compulsory pro bono scheme to fill the legal aid gap?

The future of legal aid solicitors

The Guardian has written an article comparing the fortunes of solicitors working in legally aided law with those working in commercial law.

LSC drops controversial changes to legal aid contracts

The LSC has agreed to drop a set of controversial changes to legal aid contracts that were due to take effect of existing contracts pre April 1st.

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