Law Society Legal News Summary 18 November 2021

Asylum seeker appeals 

Our response to Priti Patel's criticism of lawyers for appeals of asylum seeker applications was picked by the Independent, the Mirror and the Western Daily Press (Print). 

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: "When people are subject to a life or death decision they should have a right of appeal to make sure of a correct outcome. People seeking asylum through the UK's labyrinthine immigration system need the expert advice of lawyers to have their claim properly represented. 55% of claims are accepted at the first pass. 

"When it comes to appeals, 48% of these are upheld – clear evidence of poor decision-making by the Home Office and why the right of appeal is so important. It is this poor Home Office decision-making coupled with catastrophic delays that are crippling the asylum system."

Industry tokenism claims 

I. Stephanie Boyce is quoted in a article on claims about tokenism in the industry. 

"We know that client pressure is having an impact and is putting pressure on panel law firms to demonstrate greater diversity and inclusion. But this should not be approached simply as a box-ticking or PR exercise."

Legal aid crisis 

Solicitors Journal reports on the crisis in civil and criminal legal aid. 

I. Stephanie Boyce said: "While the funding commitments announced in the budget were a welcome step in the right direction, much more investment is needed to ensure legal representation is available to those without the means to pay for it. 

"The civil and criminal legal aid markets are both on the brink of collapse, the courts are drowning in ever-increasing backlogs, the situation is acute. The government needs to address this with the urgency it requires."

Read our release 

Our research on legal aid deserts is also mentioned in Legal Futures.

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership 

The Gazette looks at the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

The piece cites Law Society evidence on the agreement including that it "could give the UK a seat at the table in driving improvements in the liberalisation of trade in legal services".

Growing demand for in-house lawyers 

Our Annual Statistics Report of 2019 is mentioned in a piece in the European Business Review about growing demand for in-house lawyers.


Also worth a read: 

  • Sticking with Stonewall - The Times (£)
  • Rape victim's court delays ordeal – BBC
  • 'Difficulties' in returning Channel migrants to Europe – Independent
  • Lord chief on the state of court buildings – Gazette
  • Legal action over media being excluded from Prince Philip's will hearing - Guardian

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