legal aid

Solicitors invited to help research into legal aid for victims of discrimination in Scotland

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has invited solicitors to contribute to a research project looking at whether legal aid for discrimination cases provides effective access to justice for people who have suffered discrimination in Scotland.

Published 15 March 2019

Lawyers asked to advise on future of legal aid

Academics, advocates and solicitors to advise on approach to reviewing legal aid fees.

Published 8 March 2019

Exclusive: Hidden impact of presumption against 12-month sentences – access to justice curbed and extension may apply to sentences of up to 18 months

The Scottish government's plans to introduce a presumption against prison sentences of 12 months or less would, in practice, apply to sentences of anywhere up to 18 months where a guilty plea is tendered early enough and would limit access to justice as declining summary business shrinks the pool of criminal legal aid solicitors yet further – due to years of inadequate funding.

Published 15 February 2019

Law firm funder aiming to fill legal aid gap raises £100m

A law firm funder which in part aims to fill the gap left by swingeing cuts to legal aid has raised £100 million in finance.

Published 21 January 2019