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Tory bill threatens access for personal injury cases

Tory bill threatens access for personal injury cases The Tories’ Civil Liability Bill will be a blow to workers’ access to compensation if it passes into law

Victory for unions and workers over fees that denied access to justice

Victory for unions and workers over fees that denied access to justice Seven of Britain’s most senior judges have ruled that the Tories’ system of employment tribunal (ET) fees “effectively prevents access to justice”, is “unlawful” and “must be quashed”.

Tories' legal aid climbdown is victory for campaigning lawyers

Tories legal aid climbdown is victory for campaigning lawyers Last Thursday saw a tremendous victory for legal aid. After three years of campaigning Michael Gove announced a U-turn on the government’s plans for a two-tier duty contracts system.

'Uplifting' rally to kickstart legal aid fight in 2016

The Justice Alliance’s “Voices for Justice” rally held in Conway Hall in central London last week was a statement of intent.

Barristers’ action begins

The barristers’ Criminal Bar Association (CBA) began action on Monday of this week against Legal Aid cuts.

Barristers join the action over legal aid

Barristers in the Criminal Bar Association will support a work-to-rule by solicitors against new cuts to Legal Aid.  

The Magna Carta and the struggle for our legal rights

31 March 2015
The Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy exhibition is the perfect antidote to the Tories’ hypocritical attempts to claim it for their cause, writes Matt Foot

Boycott law summit says Justice Alliance

03 February 2015
The Justice Alliance has called on lawyers to boycott the Global Law Summit in protest at the government’s legal policies.

Chaos as Tory Legal Aid cuts process found illegal

23 September 2014
The Tories’ plans to cut criminal legal aid by £220 million have been thrown into chaos after the consultation process was ruled illegal. 

Reports round-up

10 June 2014
HMRC strike gets go ahead | Hundreds attend memorial for Tony Benn | Racist EDL outnumbered in Stevenage | Unison service group executive election results | Protest in London over rapes in India | Lunchtime protests to save legal aid | Four-day strike for 3 Cosas campaign

Solicitors and probation workers on two-day strike to demand an end to Tories’ attacks

01 April 2014
Solicitors and probation workers in England and Wales walked out on a two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Workers in the probation officers’ union Napo struck over Tory plans to outsource 70 percent of the service.

Lawyers walk out in historic strike to defend Legal Aid

07 March 2014
Courts across England and Wales shut down today, Friday, as barristers and solicitors walked out in an historic strike.

Lawyers to walk out in defence of legal aid

04 March 2014
Solicitors and barristers were set to bring the court system to a halt on Friday of this week in a strike against attacks on legal aid.

Barristers want more strikes over legal aid cuts

11 February 2014
Hundreds of barristers from England and Wales met in London last Saturday to discuss opposition to legal aid cuts.

New petition launched to save legal aid

17 January 2014
After the successful strikes against the government attacks on legal aid earlier this month, a new petition has been launched to save legal aid and access to justice.

Barristers sustain objection to Tory legal aid cuts with historic walkout

07 January 2014
Barristers walked out of courts in England and Wales on Monday morning of this week. Their half day strike was in protest at Tory attacks on legal aid.

Reports round-up

19 November 2013
Barristers threaten to strike over cuts | Bus rep waiting for disciplinary results | Strike planned at Heathrow airport | Protests win better redundancy terms | Lloyd's bosses attack pensions

UK Uncut protests to defend legal aid

08 October 2013
Anti-cuts protesters demonstrated in towns and cities across Britain last Saturday against cuts to legal aid.

Justice for Sale: lawyers organise against legal aid attacks

02 October 2013
Over 400 lawyers came together this week in London to organise action against the government’s latest attack on legal aid.

Chris Grayling makes a U-turn on Legal Aid

10 September 2013
Justice minister Chris Grayling has dropped plans to hand legal aid contracts to the lowest bidder. 

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