Magna Carta stands for justice – not further cuts

Magna Carta stands for justice – not further cuts

Government reforms to legal aid are penalising successful defences, writes Gemma Blythe Rejoice! We have a new Lord Chancellor – the Right Honourable Michael Gove MP. What a fantastic year for him to take up the role, which marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Our Great Charter was created to protect fundamental rights and … Continue reading

LASPO… what next?

The biggest step that the government took to reduce the legal aid spend was the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012, which intended to cut legal aid in areas of law such as family, social welfare, housing, employment and more. Despite a large opposition, this Act came into force on 1st … Continue reading


I have just watched the Thalidomide programme on BBC2. It was both heartbreaking and inspiring. One of the biggest legal aid cases in the late 50s and early 60s was for compensation for the Thalidomide children. Thalidomide was prescribed to pregnant woman to combat morning sickness and help them sleep. The drug was withdrawn in … Continue reading

Eleventh Letter to the Lord Chancellor

Originally posted on theintrigant:
Eleventh Letter to the Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice, Mr Chris Grayling, 28th January 2014, Dear Lord Chancellor, Let me congratulate you on your Transforming Legal Aid response to the consultation, published yesterday. I think that my imps did a pretty good job cloaking its savage implications under a…