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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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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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