MIAMs, a domestic violence register and more

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October 6, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law I was grimly amused when I read the latest legal aid statistics, for the quarter April to June 2017, which show that the number of Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in that period was down by 11 per cent compared to the previous year. The figure currently stands at…

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Bach to the future?

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September 25, 2017 4 comments

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“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” – Marty McFly I’ve written here often about the abolition of legal aid for most private law family matters back in 2013, under the dreaded Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO). That, of course, was a crucial moment in the…

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Cafcass figures, McKenzie friends, and more

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September 22, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for August 2017, and the news was again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,241 care applications, which is a 1.5 per cent decrease compared with those received in August 2016, giving further…

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Labour: bring back legal aid

September 22, 2017 6 comments

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The government should spend an additional £400 million a year in order to create a more generous legal aid system, Labour have recommended. Prior to their party conference, which kicks off on Sunday in Brighton, the party has issued a report critical of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act passed by…

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20% drop in legal aid providers

September 20, 2017 23 comments

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The number of legal aid providers across England and Wales has fallen by 20 per cent in the last five years. This drop was revealed by government figures obtained by Shadow Justice Minister Gloria De Piero. The statistics show that the biggest reduction occurred in Wales, which has lost 29 per cent of providers since…

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