The Public Law Project have produced a guide to “Legal Aid Exceptional Case Funding: Applying without the assistance of an adviser or solicitor”. The guide says: Applying for Exceptional Case Funding is not simple or easy. If you can get help from a solicitor or… Read more »

Update 25 November 2016: the government has (for the moment at least) reversed the court fees increase described below.  It was announced that as of today the appeal fees would revert to the previous level, and refunds would be made to those who had paid… Read more »

It may not surprise you to learn that, following a public consultation over the proposed hike in immigration and asylum court fees during which lawyers, NGOs and the public warned the government the fees would severely impede access to justice and threaten the rule of… Read more »

The UK government has proposed increasing the fees that need to be paid to appeal an asylum or immigration decision in the First-tier and Upper Tribunal in England and Wales: “We therefore propose increasing fees in the First-tier Tribunal from £80 to £490 for an… Read more »

grayling puppet

In a humiliating ruling in the Supreme Court, the government has yet again been found to be acting unlawfully and with unjustifiable discrimination, this time by planning to introduce a 12 month residence test for legal aid. Seven justices of the highest court in the… Read more »

Understanding the asylum and immigration system, and your own legal case, is more important than ever. Cuts to legal aid (free, government-funded legal representation) mean that more and more people have no lawyer at all and are forced to navigate this very complicated system without… Read more »

This blog post is based on a talk given by Lisa at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum on Judicial Reviews on 15 July.  The Westminster Legal Policy Forum aims to provide an environment for policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and government agencies to engage with key… Read more »

cut off from justice

New research from The Children’s Society has revealed the extent to which vulnerable children have been hit by the legal aid cuts. The report – Cut Off From Justice – has found that many young people are now attempting to navigate the complex immigration legal… Read more »

The Legal Aid Team are superheros defending our rights and access to justice for everyone, not just the rich! But they are facing a terrible arch-villain, legal aid slasher Chris Grayling (“I have no legal experience! I can’t see anything!) … This brilliant, funny film… Read more »

Are you for Justice?

No justice system is truly fair unless everyone is able to fight for their rights. But through cuts to legal aid, the government has removed a cornerstone of our society, cutting all but the richest off from our courts. Right to Remain is part of… Read more »