Westminster Watch

Westminster Watch

With Parliament dissolving for the election, Mark Hatcher looks ahead to the manifestos and the importance they place on preserving our system of justice. The dissolution... read more

Westminster Watch

Mark Hatcher on the Public Accounts Committee and its devastating report into the legal aid reforms. The veteran Whitehall watcher, Professor Peter Hennessy who now... read more

Westminster Watch

With the General Election date fixed four years ago, the attention of all at Westminster is now on May 2015. Mark Hatcher reports on the parties’ plans. read more

Westminster Watch

The Ministry of Justice was subjected to an uncomfortable public grilling on civil legal aid by the Public Accounts Committee, reports Mark Hatcher. When US Secretary of... read more

Westminster Watch

To legislate or not to legislate? As the year draws to a close, Mark Hatcher reviews events in Parliament read more

Westminster Watch

Mark Hatcher examines the recent by-elections and the resulting fall-out for the political parties. The next general election is barely 200 days away but in the past few... read more

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On the eve of the Scottish referendum, Mark Hatcher reflects on politics either side of the border and conference season for all parties. When Tip O’Neill, the former... read more

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Mark Hatcher reviews the recent government reshuffle and its implications for the Bar. The government reshuffle which took place in mid-July – almost 52 years to the day... read more

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In his first column for Counsel, Mark Hatcher examines the newly opened Parliamentary session and the business ahead. As the beginning of the holiday season approaches, MPs... read more

Westminster Watch - May 2014

In his last column, Toby Craig reports on an action-packed month in Westminster and the deal with the criminal Bar. If a week is a long time in politics, then four years in... read more

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