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10 December 2018 – Legal aid advice network ‘decimated by funding cuts’

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Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is featured in today’s BBC article on the deserts of legal aid provision.

Nicola is quoted as saying “Pre-LASPO, we had a network of advice centres, CABs, law centres and specialist high-street practices. It was not perfect, but it was pretty good. Now we have a complete decimation of the advice and representation network. Everybody recognises disabled people have rights but if you do not provide the advice and representation to them, those rights are theoretical in practice.”

The full article can be found here

 


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27 November 2018 – Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) – Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple Inn

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We are delighted that the Middle Temple Inn has called Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) as an Honorary Bencher. Nicola is the first female QC (Hon) to be called and it is a great privilege.

She was called at a ceremony on 27 November 2018 at Middle Temple Hall. In her speech Nicola restated her commitment to the rule of law and its application to vulnerable and disabled people in particular, including the vital importance of civil legal aid.

She will work with the Inn in the coming years to inspire students and others to continue to press for a just and inclusive legal system which affords equal access to the law for all.


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30 September 2016 – A new era in the Court of Protection

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A County Council v (1) AB (2) JB (3) SB [2016] EWCOP 4 – Placing P at the centre of the process.
Guest Post: Facilitating participation of ‘P’ in Court of Protection proceedings
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2016/41.html
https://courtofprotectionhandbook.com/category/case-management


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5 October 2016 – Mental Health Act v Mental Capacity Act

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Is P ineligible to be detained under the deprivation of liberty safeguards?
http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCOP/2016/B2.html


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12 October 2016 – Amnesty Legal Aid Report

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14 November 2016 – New Guidance – Participation of vulnerable persons in proceedings in the Court of Protection

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Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) has taken the lead in formulating guidance as to how best to facilitate participation of vulnerable people in the Court of Protection. The guidance is invaluable for practitioners and all those working in the Court to ensure that P’s voice is heard and is at the centre of the process.

Participation of P


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16 February 2017 – Accredited Legal Representatives (ALRs)

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The Law Society’s new scheme for accrediting legal representatives in welfare cases in the Court of Protection has now been given approval and will be launched shortly.

ALRs will be directly appointed by the Court to meet with the person who is the subject of the proceedings in the Court of Protection about their welfare, investigate and read relevant records and advise before then reporting to the Court. We see this as an important step in ensuring that vulnerable people are advised and represented by practitioners who meet high standards of expertise and who have a proven track record, and that people whose cases are before the Court about their welfare have access to quality advice.


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16 February 2017 – S.O.S – Save Our Social care system

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A new report from Age UK released today has concluded that we are living on borrowed time to save the social care system for older people. See the complete report here: Age UK – borrowed time


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5 April 2017 – Being disabled in Britain: a journey less equal.

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published their report providing a review into disability inequality in Great Britain. Read the full report here: A journey less equal


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12 April 2017 – The London Legal Walk 2017

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We are walking the London Legal walk on 22 May 2017 to raise funding for The London Legal Support Trust, an independent charity that provides free legal services in London & the South East. Read about the work they do here: London Legal support trust – about us

If you are able to sponsor us please use the link below:

virginmoneygiving.com/MackintoshLaw


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