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Of urban CLANS

Interesting whispers are circulating about the planned direction for civil legal aid funding, previously discussed here. The initial plan for Community Legal Networks, or CLANS, was that these would be supported for rural areas and advice deserts....

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Road rage.

I was at Court the other day, waiting (and waiting and waiting) for a directions hearing. (always beg to be listed or at least called before the family cases). It was a possession day, so the place was crowded. In strutted/waddled two men, one...

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Spleen 1

Thanks to Tessa Shepperson for noticing this in yesterday's Times. Granted I haven't read any more of the report than this. Who knows, it may even have some interesting and useful insights or information to offer. But it seems unlikely. I'm not at...

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Know your usher.

Off to court tomorrow, standing in for a colleague. I'm quite looking forward to it. I haven't been for a few weeks as all my cases are on adjournment. An inner city County Court on a busy list day, a local authority possession day for instance,...

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Oh, for pity's sake

Vera Baird says she was wrong to say that judges are liberal wusses. Attorney General says 'ok that's all right then and some sentences are too lenient'. Who knew the bench would snap back? Meanwhile, the prisons will be as full as a commuter train...

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Sally Field

Nick Holmes at Binary Law has blogged me. Blimey. "Looks like it could be a good one ". No pressure then. I'm surprised, but then again, I suppose that there aren't so many UK legal blogs to enable a new one to be overlooked. I'm going to save more...

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1. Vendemiaire Part 1. Wither Legal Aid?

First day of the new regime, as the firm where I worked is absorbed into another larger firm. All the usual issues over supervision, disbursements, etc., etc.. All the necessary adaptions to working practice, culture of firm etc., etc.. But beyond that, the whole takeover represents a more serious symptom of what is happening to the sector that does publicly funded work, particularly for civil legal aid.

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