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The Legal Aid Review in England and Wales: Four Starters

The legal aid cuts implemented by the Coalition Government in 2012 through the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASP)) were severe. Their prime aim was intended to ‘make significant savings to the cost of the scheme’.  And they did – reducing expenditure by about a third. Now the Ministry of Justice … Continue reading The Legal Aid Review in England and Wales: Four Starters

Second Big Law London Legal Tech conference

Yesterday, London saw its second large law technology conference in six months, the British Legal Technology Forum (BLTF) 2018. This was, in some ways, very similar to the Legal Geek conference held in October. Both had attendances of over 1000; both took place in prestigious London venues (BLTF in the beautifully restored Thameside fish market, … Continue reading Second Big Law London Legal Tech conference

Technology and access to justice: a consultation

This post is different. No aspiration here for a polished pearl of perspicacity on a topical issue of the moment. This takes you into a work in progress and offers an opportunity to comment on a task which has proved particularly, and rather surprisingly, difficult. The aim is to produce a framework for analysing technology … Continue reading Technology and access to justice: a consultation

The Bach Report: Let’s be more radical and realistic

Lord Bach is an English lawyer who was minister for legal aid in the last Labour government. Toward the end of his office, he took to drinking the Kool Aid proffered by practitioners, particularly in the not for profit sector. This assisted his exceptional commitment to a well-informed, if ultimately ineffective, Parliamentary campaign to save … Continue reading The Bach Report: Let’s be more radical and realistic