Socialist Worker

Legal Aid

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. 

Protesters urge a fight to defend legal aid

31 July 2013

Rough justice - fighting the Tory attacks on legal aid

30 July 2013
The government’s attack on legal aid is an attempt to tip the scales of justice further towards the rich and powerful. Annette Mackin spoke to campaigners and lawyers about the likely effects and what must be done

'We would have got life without legal aid,' says miner

30 July 2013
Arthur Critchlow, a striking miner arrested at Orgreave coking plant during the Miners' Strike, explained how crucial legal aid was for strikers:

Gareth Peirce - Cuts to legal aid a real crisis

30 July 2013
Campaigning lawyer Gareth Peirce spoke to Socialist Worker about the cuts to legal aid and the impact it will have on working class people challenging the state.

Protesters' objection to Grayling's legal aid cuts

23 July 2013
The Justice Alliance is holding a day of protests around Britain on Tuesday of next week in defence of legal aid.


11 June 2013
A solicitor speaks out, polemics about prehistory, and facts on the bedroom tax

Gerry Conlon - 'I would still be in jail without legal aid'

28 May 2013
Gerry Conlon was one of the “Guildford Four”. He spent 15 years in jail for a bombing he didn’t commit.

Protest at legal aid plan that will deny justice for the poor

28 May 2013
Around 1,000 lawyers rallied against legal aid cuts opposite parliament in central London on Wednesday of last week. 

Lawyers protest at parliament against slashing of legal aid

22 May 2013
Around 1,000 lawyers, legal workers and supporters rallied opposite parliament today, Wednesday, against government plans to slash legal aid in criminal cases.

Cuts threaten basic legal rights

14 May 2013
Lawyers aren’t known for striking, but a few weeks ago criminal defence barristers across the North West did just that. 

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.