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No confidence motion passed at SGM


A motion of no confidence in the senior leadership of the Law Society over the organisation’s policy on criminal legal aid reform passed by a narrow margin on Tuesday. More than 600 solicitors registered their attendance but only 441 cast a vote, with 228 voting in favour of the motion and 213 against.

The petitioners, led by Liverpool solicitor James Parry, oppose the Law Society Council’s policy of direct engagement with the Ministry of Justice on proposed reforms of criminal legal aid. He and his supporters favour a ‘hearts and minds’ campaign of outright opposition that could include direct action.
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Law Society Roadshows


“We must face the practical reality. There were going to be cuts. Our agreement is the best available package…However, as a mature professional body we have to work for the best outcome for our members within the boundaries of what is realistically possible.” The words of Desmond Hudson, chief executive of the Law Society, in response to the government’s revised set of proposals for contracting criminal legal aid. Read the full story

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PCT is dead


In another major U-turn, justice secretary Chris Grayling today confirmed that he has abandoned Price Competitive Tendering (PCT). This would have awarded contracts to the lowest bidder and was a central plank of the Ministry of Justice’s cost-cutting criminal legal aid reforms. Read the full story

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Grayling promises second consultation on legal aid


On Tuesday the justice secretary sought to impress the House of Commons with his sincerity over the legal aid consultation process. He told Members: “The recent consultation “Transforming Legal Aid” generated around 16,000 responses, which, contrary to reports, have been read extensively by individuals, including many by myself. Many were from smaller law firms or those who work within a smaller law firm…I met a number of people from smaller firms in the north-west last week, and we will continue to talk to all the representative bodies in the weeks ahead.” Read the full story

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Client choice climbdown


Chris Grayling has performed a massive U-turn over controversial plans to deprive defendants of the opportunity to choose a solicitor. The justice secretary has abandoned one of the most contentious aspects of proposals to cut £220m a year from the legal aid budget. Read the full story

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Liverpool Roadshow


50 lawyers in Liverpool last Friday evening left Law Society representatives in no doubt about their preferred approach to the MoJ’s ‘Transforming Legal Aid’ consultation exercise.

The event was the latest in the Society’s roadshow programme, sponsored by iLaw, to meet with practitioners to discuss current issues and to canvass views. Read the full story

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