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

Request for case studies by Islington Law Centre (ILC)

 Islington Law Centre needs your help. They are looking for case studies to highlight problems that may be experienced by young migrants when the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 comes into force. You may have cases that have already succeeded with the help of legal aid advice or are still unresolved, but would not get funding after April 2013. ILC would be very grateful for any examples you can share, particularly where the client is vulnerable or the issues complex. Please send these to Roopa The deadline is to respond with case studies is the 15th Feb. 

Computer says no…

The Ministry of Justice is testing an online tool and smart phone app for people to work out if they can still get legal aid.

Foreign national prisoners lose right to legal aid

In April, LASPO will end legal aid for foreign national prisoners facing deportation from the UK.

DIY divorces set to surge as legal aid vanishes

The number of people appearing in court without legal representation due to cuts in public funding is expected to surge in April.

More news on Scottish lawyers' strike

The Edinburgh Bar Association confirmed that all 31 of its criminal law, member firms will not be taking part in the Police Station Duty Scheme for the Edinburgh Sheriff Court in the first quarter of 2013.

Report on the House of Lords debate of the LASPO Regulations

Check out our blog page for a report of what happened in the Lords on the 3rd of December, from the perspective of someone who was actually there:

Scottish lawyers in 4th day of legal aid boycott

Criminal lawyers in Scotland have engaged in a 4th day of boycotts over controversial changes to the criminal legal aid regime.

Islington Law Centre uses grant to challenge LASPO Restictions

The Strategic Legal Fund is offering up to £400,000 for NGOs and private legal firms working with vulnerable young migrants who are planning to undertake stretigc litigation to benefit their clients.

'Sofa Surfing: Young people and homelessness'

According to research conducted by the New Law Centres Network, social services and local authority housing departments often use 'gatekeeping' techniques to delay or discourage homeless teenage applicants.

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