Cancer patients who have been exposed to deadly asbestos dust could be forced to spend as much as 25% of their compensation on legal fees. Every year, dozens of Derbyshire people die as a result of the incurable cancer mesothelioma, caused by asbestos. The illness usually develops decades after working with asbestos and those who… Continue reading Asbestos victims set to lose legal aid
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?
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