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For love and money? Unpaid Legal Internships in the Third-Sector

For love and money? Unpaid Legal Internships in the Third-Sector

Recent litigation in the United States has successfully challenged the use of unpaid interns by large corporations. However, recent UK research indicates that ‘third-sector’ organisations – not-for-profits and charities – are amongst the highest users of unpaid interns. This is also true in the legal profession, where many social-justice oriented not-for-profit organisations rely upon this labour [...]

Disenfranchising the Disenfranchised? – Appeal Rights in the Immigration Bill 2013

Disenfranchising the Disenfranchised? – Appeal Rights in the Immigration Bill 2013

The first immigration bill to be published in four years was introduced in the House of Commons on 10 October 2013. The long title – ‘… to limit … access to services, facilities and employment by reference to immigration status …’ – leaves us in no doubt about its intent. The appeals provisions (clauses 11 and [...]

Legal Aid Cuts are Incongruous and Reckless for a Conservative Government

Legal Aid Cuts are Incongruous and Reckless for a Conservative Government

This is an edited transcript of the address given by Dinah Rose QC on Tuesday 4 June 2013, at the Demonstration to Save Justice outside of the Ministry of Justice. A full recording of this address can be found here. Anyone who has read the online comments in the Guardian, and even worse, in the Daily Telegraph over the past couple [...]

The Beating Heart of the Rule of Law (and Not an Avocado)

The Beating Heart of the Rule of Law (and Not an Avocado)

This is an edited transcript of the address given by Michael Fordham QC, on Tuesday 4 July 2013, at the Demonstration to Save Justice outside of the Ministry of Justice.  A full recording of this address can be found here. “Will you please – make some noise! Over there in that doorway is a silver [...]

Civil Legal Aid Reforms in the UK – What will this mean for you?

Civil Legal Aid Reforms in the UK – What will this mean for you?

This is a government which does not like its decisions being challenged, examined or questioned. This is a government which likes being able to use its power in whichever way it likes. It is clearly annoyed by challenges to its policies and decisions. Its solution in the proposed legal aid reforms is to take away [...]

Legal Aid Cuts: A Student Perspective

Legal Aid Cuts: A Student Perspective

By Meghan Campbell and Arthur Chan  Oxford Legal Assistance (OLA) is an undergraduate and postgraduate legal aid scheme, run out of the University of Oxford and is partnered with Turpin and Miller LLP, a local legal aid firm. OLA runs a weekly clinic session which provides free preliminary consultation sessions for individuals in need of [...]

It’s Time to Wake Up – UK Legal Aid Cuts

It’s Time to Wake Up – UK Legal Aid Cuts

Like many law academics I suppose I had grown tired of well-heeled QCs claiming that this or that change to legal services spelt doom for their profession when what they really meant (I invariably thought) was slightly less money to spend on a second home. Lawyers have cried wolf so often it is hard to [...]

OPBP wins Law Works & Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award

OPBP wins Law Works & Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award

Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP) was awarded the ‘Best Contribution by a Team of Students’ award in the 2013 LawWorks & Attorney General Student Pro Bono Awards, hosted at the House of Commons on Monday. Now in its 13th year, OPBP relies upon the dedication and commitment of Oxford law graduate students and Faculty members [...]

Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants?

Access to Justice for Self-Represented Litigants?

Robin Knowles CBE QC and Natasha Holcroft-Emmess add to the voices on the OxHRH Blog warning of the threat to justice posed by impending budget cuts, particularly to self-represented litigants. On Friday 30th of November 2012, the UK Civil Justice Council (CJC) conducted a national forum to consider how to safeguard access to justice for the [...]

April Fools: The Quiet Demolition of Legal Aid

April Fools: The Quiet Demolition of Legal Aid

By Jo Renshaw Following the celebration of National Pro Bono Week in the UK last week, Jo Renshaw, Partner and Head of the Immigration Team at Turpin & Miller LLP, reflects on the impact of the impending cuts to legal aid in the UK and why pro bono work will not be enough to fill [...]