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A glimmer of hope

Solicitors should use the summer downtime to take some time to think about supporting  access to justice

18 August 2015

The summer months are traditionally a quiet time for big news stories. Parliament is in recess and, aside from the rise and rise of Corbyn mania, continuing questions around Greece, and whether the prime minister will be sporting a wetsuit or pointing at a fish in this year’s holiday photograph, all seems to be pleasantly calm, relatively speaking. This could be a concern to the tabloid press, but in the legal profession it’s a blesséd relief.

After all, the build up to the general election in May was followed by a pregnant pause, as Michael Gove replaced Chris Grayling at the Ministry of Justice. Reform of the Human Rights Act was threatened and then postponed (hurrah) but still remains towards the top of Gove’s in-tray (boo).

What’s more, before a re-sculpted papier-mâché effigy of the new Lord Chancellor had time to set, it was made clear that any chance of turning the tide of legal aid cuts had ebbe...

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