Law Society Legal News Summary 05 May 2022


PM's 'lefty lawyers' criticism 

More than 100 publications including the Bucks Free PressGlasgow Evening TimesSouth Wales Guardian, the Bolton News and the Isle of Wight County Press cover our response to Boris Johnson claiming 'lefty lawyers' could hamper his plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. 

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said: "The PM appears to have little confidence the plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is legal if he is even at this early stage preparing for it to be challenged in the courts. 

"It is not clear that the Nationality and Borders Act gives the government the powers to do this. 

"There are questions as to whether the scheme would comply with the Refugee Convention, whether refugees threatened with being sent to Rwanda would be able to access justice if they are mistreated."
 

Criminal legal aid fees debate

The Times Brief notes justice select committee discussion of criminal legal aid fee increases, which we say amount to just a 9% increase rather than the government's stated 15%.

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Who gets custody of the dog?

Karen Dovaston, chair of our family law committee spoke to BBC Radio Essex (1:26:00) about petnups.
 

Whole-life orders 

Stuart Nolan, chair of our criminal law committee, spoke to Times Radio about whole-life orders following a Court of Appeal hearing.

 

Apprenticeships 

Business News Wales reports the Law Society, CILEX and the Welsh government have joined forces to bring new, more flexible legal services apprenticeships to Wales. 

Mark Davies, chair of our Wales committee, said: "We very much welcome this apprenticeship programme that will provide quality regulated legal education to the staff employed by our members throughout Wales."
 

Dare to dream
The Hampshire Chronicle covers Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce visit to Hampshire and speeches she gave at educational institutions, including the University of Winchester Business School, on the topic 'Dare to dream'.

 Also worth a read: 

  • Victims to be able to attend Parole Board hearings – Telegraph (£)
  • Employment tribunals: Rise in 'banter' defence – Solicitors Journal
  • 'Billions' at stake in Bitcoin case – Gazette
  • Lawyers accused of hiding behind privilege – Times (£)

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