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9 October 2017 – Manifesto for Legal Aid – 2nd edition published

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We live in extraordinary times, where the justice system is broken and the rule of law is at real risk. The new edition of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group’s Manifesto for Legal Aid provides pragmatic and clear ideas about how to reform the system to enable those most in need to access justice in a way which is sustainable, efficient, cost effective and fair.

A copy of the Manifesto which was launched at the LAPG conference on Friday 6 October can be downloaded here:

http://www.lapg.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/LAPG_Manifesto_A5_FINAL.pdf


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13 October 2017 – The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 rankings are released

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Mackintosh Law is a ‘recommended’ firm in the Court of Protection.

Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is listed in the elite “Leading lawyers” list, the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017’s guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.

http://www.legal500.com/firms/3939/5935

 


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17 October 2017 – Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation

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We are delighted to announce that Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon), Laura Dawson and Melissa Law have today been confirmed as Accredited Legal Representatives within the Law Society’s Mental Capacity (Welfare) Accreditation scheme.


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29 November 2017 – Legal Aid debate in the House of Commons: Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) recognised

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“I pay tribute not only to Members of the House who have taken an interest in the subject, but to the practitioners out there in the country. My law centre is watched over by Sue James, who was legal aid lawyer of the year after 25 years of practice and setting up other law centres in London. It is the dedication of people such as her, Carol Storer of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group and Nicola Mackintosh that has in effect, despite the Government’s best efforts, kept the legal aid system going in this country over this period. However, it is absolutely at breaking point.”
For further comment:hansard.parliament.uk/commons/legalaid


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26 February 2018 – ‘Legal advice gateway to nowhere’

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Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) has been referenced in the Law Gazette article ‘Legal advice gateway to nowhere’ which discusses the possible reasons behind the MOJ’s decision to cancel a procurement process to provide certain services through its legal advice telephone helpline.

Solicitor Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) told the Bach Commission that in the disability sphere, every client she represents (usually via the Official Solicitor as their litigation friend) has different levels of need and ability to communicate. She said: ‘What is absolutely crucial in mental capacity law is that the odd nuances in a person’s presentation are picked up by the legal advisers. This is why, while a telephone advice system will work very well as one of the tools for different areas of law or initial advice, it does not work for this particular client group where face-to-face advice is needed, because it’s also us assessing the client.’ There is a link to the full article below.

Law Gazette – News focus


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14 March 2018 – Social mobility in a time of austerity

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This week Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL) will publish its third report on social mobility in the legal aid sector.

LASPO has profoundly affected social mobility in the sector and Legal aid law firms and other organisations are struggling to survive. The report sets out a series of recommendations to address some of the issues and can be read here:

YLAL – Social mobility report


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21 March 2018 – LAPG Certificate of Practice Management

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Congratulations to Laura Dawson who successfully completed the LAPG course and has been awarded a certificate of practice management


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10 April 2018 – Human Rights: attitudes to enforcement

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Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights. A link to the actual evidence transcript can be found below.

Attitudes to enforcement


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18 April 2018 – MoJ unable to commit to releasing LASPO report this year

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The government’s long-awaited report on its controversial legal aid reforms may not be published this year.Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is quoted as highlighting to the MoJ the importance of a proper review of LASPOA. A link to the article can be found below.

Law Gazette


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21 May 2018

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We walked the London Legal walk again in support of the London Legal Support Trust. Thank you again for everyone that supported us.


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