The recent and highly publicised seven-way leaders' debate certainly generated plenty of headlines, giving the public the first chance to hear the direction the country may take over the next five years.

There was, however, a distinct lack of future justice policies presented by the various parties. Yes, the politicians danced around the edges with tough talk on immigration and zero-hours contracts, but questions and answers about access to justice and the rule of law were ominously absent.

The Labour party appears to be the first out of the block by launching its manifesto this week. Among its plans, should it win power after 7 May, is a pledge to abolish the controversial employment tribunal...

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