Westminster Watch

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

Westminster Watch

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

Westminster Watch

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

Westminster Watch

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

Westminster Watch – April 2014

Toby Craig contemplates the familiar story behind the recent further reductions to the criminal legal budget. And so, on 27 February, after months of consultation,... read more

Westminster Watch – March 2014

Rain, rain, go away.... Toby Craig reviews a wet, windy and eventful month for those in Westminster. It never rains but it pours... read more

Westminster Watch - February 2014

Toby Craig examines our relationship both with and within Europe and the impact on political debate. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.... read more

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