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Tag Archive | "Transforming Legal Aid"

Fast track consultation


The MoJ has responded quickly to last week’s High Court’s ruling that it acted unlawfully when introducing criminal legal aid reforms. A few days after the court found that the ministry had been ‘unfair’ in failing to disclose the findings of two key reports, MoJ has announced a consultation on the findings.

In the announcement MoJ said: “We are now consulting on the reports undertaken by Otterburn Legal Consulting and KPMG (including MoJ’s response to the analysis), the findings/assumptions used in their analysis, as well as the number of duty provider contracts that should be tendered in the forthcoming procurement exercise by Otterburn Legal Consulting and KPMG… 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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Chris Grayling’s baby


Reducing the fees of barristers and solicitors should be an easy policy to sell in an era of austerity. But, as Chris Grayling’s minions attempt to spin highly misleading stories about ‘fatcat legal aid lawyers’, such has been the persistent ferocity of the united opposition to the ‘Transforming legal aid’ consultation that focus has fallen on the author of this lamentable scheme. 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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