Legal aid

Why MPs should not stop legal aid reform

29 December 2018 10:15

There is never more excitement on the Left than when a Tory MP recants and concludes that his heartless party…

Gove axes another Grayling plan

28 January 2016 17:00

You can tell when Michael Gove is driving all over another one of the policies of his predecessor Chris Grayling…

Michael Gove vs. the ‘creaking’ legal establishment — round one

23 June 2015 9:06

Members of the legal profession who were hoping Michael Gove’s time would be consumed trying to solve the Human Rights Act…

Why is the NHS ring-fenced but the justice system isn’t?

6 March 2015 10:24

Earlier this week, Sadiq Khan MP ‘admitted Labour could not reinstate £600m of legal aid cuts imposed by the government’. These…

British justice the envy of the world? Tell that to Nigel Evans

14 April 2014 11:32

I am utterly delighted that Nigel Evans has been acquitted of serious allegations of sexual assault. He is a good,…

Books and the justice establishment

4 April 2014 8:43

Every politician who engages in major reform ends up with scars on their back. Tony Blair famously complained about those…

How legal aid reforms are clogging up the courts

20 February 2014 18:27

Litigants in person – individuals representing themselves, rather than relying on a lawyer – have always been a feature in…

The criminal bar is revolting

6 January 2014 10:30

Something peculiar is happening at criminal courts across England and Wales this morning. Barristers from are staging an unprecedented walk…

Harry Mount is wrong: Chris Grayling’s legal aid reforms will damage justice

9 June 2013 17:07

I just wonder how long Harry Mount has been waiting to put his boot into the Bar. Having a first-class…

Lib-Lab bonding over legal aid

17 April 2012 15:59

The Legal Aid Bill limps back to the Commons this afternoon, having had a rough ride through the upper chamber…

Cutting legal aid might actually cost money

5 March 2012 14:34

This afternoon’s Lords debate on the government’s Legal Aid Bill promises to be a heated affair. The Independent’s interview with…

The dirty secrets of ‘no win no fee’

27 June 2011 15:59

Jack Straw’s column in the Times today (£) contains the following revelation: ‘Our records indicate that you may be entitled…

Osborne vows to play straight

20 October 2010 11:51

George Osborne’s statement is, I hear, about 40 minutes long. I also hear that there is no obfuscation in it…

Bad news for Clarke

28 August 2010 17:30

Professor Ken Pease, the renowned criminologist, has written a report for the think-tank Civitas which rubbishes Ken Clarke’s plan to…

Tipping the scales against legal aid

26 August 2010 15:15

Britain’s legal aid system continues to fail, and should be abolished for virtually all compensation claims. Reformed Conditional Fee Agreements…

Stage 2 in the penal revolution

24 August 2010 12:31

The government’s position is that prison does not work. It aims to reduce prison numbers and now Ken Clarke has…