Unjust Kingdom: why legal aid cuts require action and innovation

Unjust Kingdom

By Jayesh Kunwardia In a debate, held on 10 December 2015 (Human Rights Day), Lord Howarth of Newport succinctly summarised the consequences of the legal aid cuts as a; “denial of access to justice, human suffering, failure to achieve the intended savings, and damage to the legal profession.” The debate, and accompanying library briefing, was […]

Abolition of the Criminal Courts Charge: a welcome move


Why has the government decided to abolish the Criminal Courts Charge? Shula de Jersey, Principal Lawyer at Slater and Gordon (UK) LLP, explores the controversial measure and explains the events that led to its abolition. What changes are being made to the Criminal Courts Charge? Earlier this month, Michael Gove, the current Justice Secretary, announced […]

Are counter terrorism laws interfering with freedom of the press?

A case of freedom of the press versus counter-terrorism laws? Peter Carter QC at Doughty Street Chambers, examines the police powers used to seize an investigative journalist’s laptop. A recent controversial movement saw police seizing the laptop of a BBC Newsnight journalist over correspondence with ISIS, using special powers under the Terrorism Act 2000 (TA […]