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Legal Action

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Editorial

Editorial

July, 2017 by Steve Hynes

A volatile combination of events, personalities and political forces could lead to lasting change

News

News July/August 2017

July, 2017 by LAG

Leigh Day solicitors cleared by SDT
New lord chancellor appointed
Legal challenge to Tory/DUP deal
Abortion a matter for the executive, Northern Ireland Court of Appeal rules
Revised benefit cap unlawful for lone parents with children under two
Ex-Legal Action editor retires

Opinion and analysis

This parliament’s two-year legislative programme is very different from those seen in recent history.

Lady Justice is often depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents impartiality – the ideal that justice should be applied without regard to wealth, power or other status. However, austerity politics is playing on class divisions in the UK to test this ideal to its destruction. It can only be hoped that the election in June will prove to have been the beginning of the end of austerity in the UK.

Cover story

Grass-roots legal aid lawyers honoured

July, 2017 by Catherine Baksi

The ‘Oscars’ of the legal aid community, held in central London on a very hot evening in July, recognised the work done by lawyers around the country fighting for justice for their often vulnerable and marginalised clients, whose voices would otherwise go unheard. Catherine Baksi reports.

Column

Accessing compensation for trafficking victims

July, 2017 by Keina Yoshida and Silvia Nicolaou Garcia

Keina Yoshida and Silvia Nicolaou Garcia look at some recent cases and explore what international and regional remedies are available for victims of trafficking, in particular for female victims of domestic servitude.

Column

In the second of her series of articles, Angela Patrick looks at how the common law protects the fundamental right of access to justice.

Law and practice

Immigration detention: update

July, 2017 by Jed Pennington, Janet Farrell and Jane Ryan

Jed Pennington, Janet Farrell and Jane Ryan examine the latest policy and legislative developments, and cases on the detained fast track, strike-out/abuse of process, trafficking and modern slavery, the Hardial Singh principles, and challenges to bail conditions imposed by the home secretary.

Law and practice

Immigration case law: update

July, 2017 by The Garden Court Chambers immigration team

The Garden Court Chambers immigration team highlights important cases from the past six months.