Law Society Legal News Summary 21 June 2022

Criminal barristers vote to strike 

BBC and City AM report that barristers have voted to escalate measures in their dispute with the government over legal aid. A majority have voted for walk outs. 

Law Society president I. Stephanie Boyce said that the “short-term impact of direct action will pale in significance against the permanent departure of ever more criminal defence solicitors, barristers and law firms if this demanding work in the public interest is not properly rewarded.” 

BBC feature our map of the low numbers of criminal duty solicitors stationed across England and Wales. 

See our duty solicitor heat maps

No fault evictions

Christian Hansen, co-chair of our housing law committee, spoke to BBC Radio Shropshire (from 1:07:59) and about no-fault evictions and housing legal aid deserts. This follows the government’s publication of ‘A fairer rented sector’ white paper last week which proposes banning no-fault evictions. 

Shropshire does not have any legal aid housing provider, nor do the majority of the counties which surround it. 

See our housing legal aid desert maps

Handling Russian sanctions 

Jonathan Goldsmith, chair of the Law Society’s Policy and Regulatory Affairs Committee, (PRAC) writes in the Gazette about the difficulties lawyers face when working with sanctioned clients. 

Also worth a read: 

  • Courts ready to go remote as rail strikes loom – Gazette
  • Government sets out plan to overhaul data laws – Today’s Family Lawyer
  • Travers tackles food waste with its free canteen – Legal Cheek
  • UK lawyers gather evidence for action against countries over Yazidi genocide – Guardian
  • Visa delays leave UK families with adopted babies stranded in Pakistan – Guardian
  • Dementia patients not allowed to use toilet – BBC

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