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Legal aid update: Criminal legal aid updates | The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards 2015 | New play shines a spotlight on legal aid cuts

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3 July 2015


Criminal legal aid

Ballots and collective action

Ballots have taken place across the country with criminal solicitors overwhelmingly voting in favour of direct action against the government's legal aid cuts. We are receiving reports of duty solicitors receiving many more calls than usual due to solicitors turning down own-client work, and of the work in many courts and police stations being slowed down significantly.
Read coverage in the Gazette
Read the Law Society's statement

MoJ responds to Lords' questions about regulations

The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has published a follow-up report on the government's criminal legal aid regulations, after receiving a response from the Ministry of Justice. The Lords considered a number of concerns raised by the Law Society. The committee remains dissatisfied with the response, and peers have also requested a debate on the regulations.
Read the follow-up report (PDF)
Read the original report and the Law Society's evidence

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The Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards 2015

The outstanding achievements of legal aid practitioners were celebrated at a prestigious ceremony on 1 July 2015.

Over 400 legal professionals attended the Legal Aid Practitioners Group's Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards, which are held to celebrate the work of grassroots lawyers and recognise the most outstanding practitioners in their field.

The LAPG Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards are non-profit-making and are into their 13th year.
Full details

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New play shines a spotlight on legal aid cuts

The Law Society is sponsoring the production of a new play by Academy Award-winning writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

The Invisible is a ground-breaking production examining the effects of the legal aid cuts, told from the perspectives of solicitors and clients.

It is on at the Bush Theatre from 3 July to 15 August.

More details

 

The Invisible

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