Crime

Law leaders refuse to support ‘any steps to remove the right to jury trials’

The leaders of the solicitors’ and barristers’ professions have stated they will not support "any steps to remove the right to jury trials"

06 Jul 2020

Forget scrapping jury trials, warns Law Society

There should be no restriction on jury trials, the Law Society warned, and proposals to extend court sitting hours requires "extreme caution”

26 Jun 2020

Young offenders face ‘travesty of justice’ because of backlog

Hundreds of children will be convicted as adults because of severe delays in the criminal justice system, a charity has warned

24 Jun 2020

‘Serious risk' of widescale market collapse of criminal firms

Government must urgently address firms’ cashflow problems as the first wave of criminal law firm closures hits, warns the Law Society

19 Jun 2020

Lockdown devastates conveyancing, criminal and immigration practices

High street lawyers are hit “hard and fast” by covid-19 with residential conveyancing suffering disproportionately, a significant report has found

18 Jun 2020

Criminal legal aid firms folding at ‘alarming rate’

Immediate action is required to save the criminal justice system, the Law Society has warned, as figures reveal a 10% drop in legal aid firms since 2019

16 Jun 2020

Ex senior crown prosecutor backs private prosecution of Dominic Cummings

Nazir Afzal, a solicitor and former regional chief prosecutor, throws his hat into the ring saying the law is to be applied equally and fairly to all

15 Jun 2020

QC identifies ‘gender brief gap’

Jaime Hamilton QC has called out “sexism” in the appointment of lawyers to high-profile cases

10 Jun 2020

COVID-19 emergency laws to trigger virtual courts

Emergency legislation which would facilitate the acceleration of virtual courts in some cases could be brought forward as the coronavirus situation worsens.

09 Mar 2020