Court Gives Final Approval of Class Action for Students Settlement

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Eversheds to push flexi-lawyer service to international network

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Third of domestic violence victims cannot provide evidence for legal aid

A parliamentary watchdog has revealed that more than a third of domestic violence victims cannot provide the evidence required to obtain legal aid. Without support from a lawyer, victims find it hard to leave abusive partners, are exposed to intimidation and may have to confront attackers in court if left unrepresented, the justice select committee […]

Dale Vince ex-wife wins divorce cash battle

A woman has won a landmark Supreme Court bid to claim cash from her ex-husband 20 years after they divorced. Judges had initially blocked her claim after Mr Vince argued he had made his wealth after their relationship ended and she had made her application too late.Kathleen Wyatt, of Monmouthshire, applied for maintenance from former […]

New drug-driving law comes into force today

New “drug-driving” laws come into force today which give police powers to catch motorists driving under the influence of drugs. Police now have the power to use “drugalysers” to screen for various drugs including cannabis and cocaine. In addition, officers can also test for ecstasy, LSD, ketamine and heroin once at the police station – […]

Bhatia Best Pass Quality Audit with Flying Colours

Bhatia Best undertook their Specialist Quality Mark Audit commencing Monday 2 February 2015 for a three day period. The Quality Mark is a prerequisite for legal firms to operate in a publicly funded market. All areas of the practice’s legal aid work were audited, including crime, family and public law. The audit was particularly important […]

Labour would halt plans to slash on-call legal aid solicitors

The Labour Party would reverse coalition plans to slash the number of on-call, legal aid solicitors attending police stations and magistrates’ courts, the party will say on Friday. Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary, pledged to launch an immediate review of the coalition’s proposed 8.75% fee cuts and to work with the legal profession to […]

Judges rule legal aid guidance on exceptional cases ‘unlawful’

Guidance on who is eligible for legal aid in exceptional cases is “unlawful”, judges have ruled. Legal aid was removed from many areas of civil law as part of reforms introduced last year. The High Court had said the guidelines on who was still eligible were “too restrictive” and overturned refusals of legal aid in […]

Legal Aid cuts leaving domestic violence without legal help

Since the Ministry of Justice started cutting legal aid, many people who need help found themselves left outside in the cold to fend for themselves. Women who have suffered domestic violence have gone to a solicitors and discovered that, even though they are financially eligible, they do not have the appropriate ‘evidence’ of their abuse […]

Legal aid slashed with no thought for consequences, MoJ chief admits

The most senior civil servant at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has admitted that over £300m is being slashed from the legal aid bill without research into the potential effect of the cuts. Under the cuts pushed through by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, many family, debt, housing and employment cases no longer qualify for […]