Still suffering from an accident for which you weren’t to blame?

To nobody’s surprise, the government last night rejected arguments on behalf of mesothelioma sufferers and overturned a Lords amendment that would have exempted them from the effects of Part 2 of the legal aid bill (known as the Jackson reforms). The justice minister Jonathan Djanogly argued that asbestos cases are not sufficiently different from other… Continue reading Still suffering from an accident for which you weren’t to blame?

Rise of the DIY divorce: Hard-up couples causing court chaos by representing themselves amid cutbacks

Hard-up couples choosing to represent themselves are causing chaos in the divorce courts, it has emerged. The recession and upcoming cuts to legal aid are putting immense pressure on family courts as litigants shun solicitors to go it alone, The Law Society Gazette reported. Meanwhile wealthier divorcing couples are benefiting from a new arbitration scheme… Continue reading Rise of the DIY divorce: Hard-up couples causing court chaos by representing themselves amid cutbacks

Women’s alliance lobbies Clarke over legal aid reforms

The Women’s Institute and Mumsnet are among a powerful alliance of women’s groups that has written a private letter to justice secretary Kenneth Clarke, warning that the government’s plans to reform legal aid will hurt victims of domestic violence. A letter copied to the prime minister, David Cameron, signed by the two organisations, along with… Continue reading Women’s alliance lobbies Clarke over legal aid reforms