BVT Resources – Writing to your MP

Here are a couple of documents from the CLSA if you want to write to your MP. They’re being housed here temporarily until we can find a proper home for them. Please feel free to distribute as well as downloading and adapting.   Draft Letter for you to download and adapt – CLSA Draft letter for your…

Oliver Cromwell – Our Chief of Men

Today, 25th April 2013, would have been Oliver Cromwell’s 414th birthday. Long, long gone, but still remembered. It’s impressive being controversial more than 350 years after your death, and he has certainly managed that. He was born not into poverty, but in to the gentry (but not the aristocracy who ruled the country at that…

A Northern Soul

What’s this all about? Today, 22nd April, a number of Courtrooms on the Northern Circuit will be closed as the lawyers (it will not be a joint meeting between barristers and solicitors) will be attending a meeting to discuss BVT and QASA (if you don’t know what this means, Ian West wrote a good piece discussing…

CPS Letter – a barrister responds

Monday 22nd April 2013 will see a significant event on the Northern Circuit. It is not a strike (despite what the Law Society Gazette say) but the whole bar will be having a general meeting to discuss how to respond to BVT. It is unsurprising that this has to be held on a weekday –…

South Eastern Circuit email – 19th April 2012

Well, with the Northern Circuit having a mass meeting to discuss BVT on Monday, we have finally had something from the South Eastern Circuit. I’ve cut and paste the email below : Dear all   Many of you will know that the Northern Circuit are intending to hold a meeting during court hours on Monday…

CPS Letter to the North

We were alerted on twitter that the CPS had instructed all their barristers to attend Court on 22nd April when the North Eastern Circuit will be meeting to discuss what is happening with BVT/QASA etc. Here is a copy of the letter I may come back to this with some more comment, feel free to…

Doing the math(s)

Introduction As you are almost certainly aware that the MoJ are currenly ‘consulting’ on the future of legal aid (if you don’t know, and you’re a criminal lawyer, well get reading). There’s a lot to digest and I’m still getting to grips with it, so I’m not going to be going through it all now. Chapter…