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 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.
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.
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.