Strike Two – 7th March 2014

  On 7th March 2014 there was the second national strike by Legal Aid lawyers (and yes, it is a strike). After the first one – a half a day on 6th January, we found that actually we can strike without the world ending and therefore, in the face of the MoJ completely ignoring us,…

A Tale of Two Cases

Today (27th February 2014) the government published their latest response to the consultation. This is a very quick post just dealing with the problems with AGFS Scheme 2 and why barristers (in chambers) shouldn’t be too happy with the outcome. One week last year I prosecuted two cases. On the Monday it was a benefit…

No Keir, we don’t need a Victims’ Law

Introduction On 3rd February 2014, Sir Keir Starmer announced that what the Criminal Justice System really needed was a Victims’ Law. Anyone who blogs can feel his frustration at not being listened to when we have the answers. If only he had been in a position to do something about this in the last five…

Practicing in a post-QASA world?

*DISCLAIMER KLAXON* Obviously I doubt anyone would treat anything I wrote here as legal advice,but if you are in the slightest bit tempted, then don’t. Introduction So, come 7th March 2014 the deadline for signing up to QASA is passed. If you’re on the Western or the Midlands Circuit, this is a problem (unless you’ve…