Two committees of MPs blast government over legal aid cuts

Cuts to criminal legal aid risk eroding rights to legal advice and undermining the rule of law, the Justice Committee warned. read more

Max Hill QC to be next DPP

The terror law watchdog and former criminal Bar chief Max Hill QC will take up the reins at the scandal-hit Crown Prosecution Service, following the departure of Alison Saunders. read more

Barco shuts

The Bar Council has closed down its escrow facility due to lack of use by barristers and competition from providers. read more

Judges and MPs concerned over ‘ambitious’ digital court reforms

Judges voiced concern that the government’s £1.2bn programme to modernise the courts could compromise access to justice. read more

Former Attorney General and DPP under fire over disclosure

MPs blamed inadequate leadership for disclosure failings that have led to miscarriages of justice. read more

Complaints up

Complaints about barristers rose by nearly one third to 475 from 366 in 2016/17, according to the Bar Standards Board’s annual report. read more

Act over abuse

MPs on the Women and Equalities Committee told legal regulators they must make it clear to lawyers that sexual harassment will result in ‘serious sanctions’ and that non-disclosure agreements... read more

PI reforms delayed

The government has delayed the rollout of personal injury reforms to increase the small claims limit and reduce damages for road traffic claims, due to be introduced in the Civil Liability Bill,... read more

Call for divorce reform

The Supreme Court called on Parliament to reform divorce laws, ruling that Tini Owens, who claimed to be ‘locked in loveless marriage’ must stay married as she had failed to show that her... read more

Home Office misled courts

The Court of Appeal ruled that the Home Office’s procedure for dealing with child migrants from the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp was unfair and unlawful. read more