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10 June 2021
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News in brief - 10.06.2021

Time to vote for your new Council members

Members should have received their ballot papers last week for the election of four new Council members. Please use your vote – voting closes at noon on Thursday 17 June. If you have not received your ballot, please email enquiries@costslawyer.co.uk.

 

New issue of Costs Lawyer available to read

The May/June issue of Costs Lawyer magazine has been published and is available to read here.

It includes a detailed report of the virtual ACL Conference held at the end of April, advice on diversifying your practice and the deputy head of civil justice’s vision for the future of the courts.

Other topics include budget variation, the interplay between part 36 and part 21, recovering the costs of private prosecutions and of expert witnesses, and a selection of the latest law reports.

 

Specialist Costs Lawyers urged to take part in legal aid census

The ACL’s Legal Aid Group has urged members to take part in the legal aid census being organised by the Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG). It closes on 11 June.

The census aims to gather “extensive data about the backgrounds and lived experiences of those working on the social justice frontline” – including Costs Lawyers.

Aimed at everyone working in legal aid, those aspiring to work in legal aid and those who have left practice at all levels, it will complement the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Legal Aid’s inquiry into sustainability of the sector.

LAPG chief executive Chris Minnoch said: “We know from anecdotal evidence, and what we see with our own eyes every day, that the social justice sector is in crisis. The calamity caused by LASPO has been made immeasurably worse by the pandemic, but our government still refuses to act with the decisiveness and speed we know is needed.

“What we have lacked – and what the census will give us for the first time – is the hard data to back up our calls for urgent reform.”

The survey can be found here.

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