Reports

Judicial Review - YLAL response

The government has issued a consultation paper proposing changes to judicial review procedure, responses to which must be submitted by 24 January 2013. Although initially launched with reference to planning law, there are many proposed changes that would drastically affect many aspects of public law challenges. This includes the proposal to change the time limit for “continuing breach cases” to run from the very start of the breach.
 

LASPO regs (again)

The Government has laid new regulations under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012. The Regulations introduce the new procedure that decision-makers will need to follow when granting legal aid to clients.  We are very concerned in particular about two key issues.

Telephone gateway

Parliament debates LASPO Regs

The Government has laid new regulations under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012, which will be debated in the House of Commons on 29 November and in the House of Lords on 3 December 2012. The Regulations introduce the new merits criteria (which will replace the current funding code) and also amend Schedule 1 of LASPO to deal with the provision of legal aid for welfare benefits work.

We are very concerned in particular about two key issues.

Judicial review

SRA decides on min salary

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has decided that it will not oblige firms and organisations to pay trainee solicitors anything more than the National Minimum Wage after 1 August 2014. We understand (from reports of the Board meeting) that the SRA still intends to regulate this issue because of the concern that trainee solicitors fall within the definition of an "apprentice" under the National Minimum Wage Regulations.