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20 July 2018 – Cuts to legal aid under the spotlight as MPs and peers find human rights cannot be properly enforced

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Squeezing the legal aid budget has left vast numbers in Britain unable to assert their rights – including the most vulnerable people. Read the article here Law Society news


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27 July 2018 – Human Rights Select Committee report – ‘Enforcing human rights’ published

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Nicola is quoted (page 13) explaining why the legal aid means test should mirror the test for means tested welfare benefits.

“In the welfare benefits system, when the state means tests people it ignores the value of their dwelling house, recognising that they have to live somewhere, but the legal aid system takes that into account and presupposes that they can raise money on the value of that property to pay privately for their legal advice. That is not realistic. It is not living in the real world.”
Read the full report here


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1 October 2018 – ‘adverse impacts, false economies and a sense of disempowerment’

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The Equality and Human Rights Commission have published their report on ‘The impact of LASPO on routes to justice‘.

The report shows how changes to legal aid have negatively affected people’s access to justice, the difficulties experienced in accessing formal advice from solicitors and how in all areas of law participants reported financial, social, emotional, physical and mental health impacts.

Read the full report here


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16 October 2018 – Photography exhibition: Justice in focus

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Nicola Mackintosh QC (Hon) is featured in the exhibition to be held in the Law Society foyer from 29 October to 2 November 2018.

The exhibition shows the importance of access to the justice system for those with difficult legal issues. The exhibition also celebrates the tenacity and resilience of people in times of crisis and the lawyers and advisors who help them.

Read more about the exhibition here Justice in focus


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30 October 2018 – Justice week

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The legal profession’s main representative bodies join hands this week to place justice and the rule of law at the centre of public and political debate. “Justic week follows 12 months in which the parlous state of the justice system has emerged as a public scandal.”
For a list of key events please visit the Law Society Gazette website here


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