Back to the drawing board: it’s time to rethink LASPO


by Steve Hynes Four years ago the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) received royal assent. In the following April cuts to legal aid were introduced that according to the government’s own estimates denied access to justice to over 300,000 people. Since the controversial legislation was approved by parliament there have been […]

Queen’s Speech 2016—clarifying police powers in the Policing and Crime Bill


The way complaints are made about the police and the disciplinary system associated with it are to be clarified under proposals announced in the Queen’s Speech under the Policing and Crime Bill. The Bill, which is continuing from the previous Parliamentary session, is also designed to bring the emergency services closer together under the control […]

The 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings: What did the French ever do for us?


by Judi John The Battle of Hastings in October 1066—950 years ago this year—gave the predominantly Anglo-Saxon nation new Norman overlords, who brought with them a new legal system. From a motley collection of disparate local courts and laws, including such brutalities as trial by ordeal, the law now began to be based on the […]