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LAPG makes four special awards, to honour the ‘social justice heroes of the pandemic’

2020-06-19T10:04:58+01:00June 19th, 2020|

'We are proud to recognise colleagues whose decisive actions at the start of the outbreak and since have helped save many lives,' says LAPG CEO Chris Minnoch. Three individuals and one organisation are being recognised by LAPG during this uniquely challenging year (further details about each winner, below): - Richard Atkinson, partner at Tuckers [...]

LAPG Response to the LAA Consultation: Payments on Account

2020-06-18T16:15:07+01:00June 18th, 2020|

This consultation was launched by the LAA on 2 June 2020 and followed intervention by LAPG and other bodies requesting more flexibility over the POA system and other forms of interim or staged payment mechanisms to alleviate cash flow concerns for legal aid providers. The LAA has proposed an amendment to the Costs Assessment [...]

LAPG Response to the LAA Consultation: Amendments to the Cost Assessment Guidance (to Facilitate LAA Assessment of all Civil Bills)

2020-06-18T20:01:52+01:00June 18th, 2020|

The COVID-19 crisis has had a significant impact on the functioning of the court system, with all courts initially closing and then a partial and gradual resumption of hearings in different geographic and practice areas.  Over the past few months, some have re-opened but with limited capacity to manage the backlog of cases.  One [...]

Finalists announced for the 2020 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards

2020-05-21T14:13:12+01:00May 21st, 2020|

The criminal defence solicitor who led the way on county lines and modern slavery cases; plus the barrister behind the Supreme Court ruling in Samuels, are among 34 individuals and organisations shortlisted for this year’s LALY awards. Finalists of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group 2020 Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards range from [...]

Lord Chancellor responds on access to justice for people in custody during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020-05-01T12:13:14+01:00April 30th, 2020|

The Lord Chancellor has responded to a join letter from LAPG and the Association of Prison Lawyers raising concerns about practical arrangements for private legal consultations with people in custody during the current ‘lockdown’ period. During this time people in prison continue to have urgent legal matters across all areas of law that require [...]

Access to Justice for people in custody during the COVID-19 pandemic

2020-04-06T08:34:46+01:00April 6th, 2020|

LAPG and APL have written to the Lord Chancellor about practical arrangements for private legal consultations with people in custody during the current ‘lockdown’ period. During this time people in prison continue to have urgent legal matters across all areas of law that require them to have contact with their lawyers. Read the full [...]

Community Care Judicial Review and Legal Aid – The need for Delegated Functions and preventing work at risk

2020-04-06T08:09:11+01:00April 3rd, 2020|

HLPA, LCN and LAPG have written to the Ministry of Justice calling for urgent changes to the JR regulations which are impeding access to justice during these extraordinary times, putting people at risk as the Government has removed statutory duties to assess and provide care to adults and has provided local government with wide [...]

Latest LAPG Member Update (11 of 2020)

2020-04-03T11:00:10+01:00March 31st, 2020|

During these unprecedented and worrying times we are publishing some of our Member Updates as and when they contain information of general use to the sector. Update 11 of 2020 covers: LAPG requests urgent financial relief for providers from the LAA New LAPG Covid-19 helpline for legal aid providers to start imminently DG Legal [...]