Responding to the Lord Chancellor

We robustly oppose :   PCT Removal of Client Choice The current Scale of Cuts  Geographical limitations on contracts Restrictions on Judicial Review Changes to Prison Law Funding  Increased powers to restrict appointment of two counsel  Changes to Civil Legal Aid   All the changes proposed will bring a disastrous […]

The Grayling Plan

The proposed plans of Chris Grayling, secretary of state for justice, are causing for the first time in legal history a united front between barristers and solicitors. This united front is fighting against the machinery of the Tory party driving home messages that their legal aid reforms are all about […]

Lord Chancellor on the defensive

After a construtive pre-meeting we gathered to meet with Chris Grayling in Committee Room 17 . Sensibly we had agreed not to make the occasion a free for all but rather target questions and not to repeat points so for example a question about the effect of new contract and […]

Using Victim Impact Statements

In R v P [2013] EWCA Crim 323 The Court of Appeal looked at Victim Impact Statements and made a number of important observations . This included that such statements shouldn’t draw victims into setting out what sentence they believed an offender should receive They also commented that where there were exceptional […]

DPP seeks a National Consensus on the Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases – but what consensus does he seek?

  Mark Barlow Barrister at Garden Court North Chambers, Manchester and Northern Ireland bar. Mark Newby Solicitor Advocate at Quality Solicitors Jordans, Doncaster. First published on The Justice Gap  The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, today has delivered a speech calling for a national consensus on the investigation […]