Vulnerable patients at great risk under new laws

300,000 people with conditions such as Alzheimer’s, autism or learning disabilities will see their rights - specifically their right to liberty - stripped back every year by imminent changes to the Mental Capacity Act, the Law Society of England and Wales said as the government prepared to push legislation through its final parliamentary stages (26 … Continue reading Vulnerable patients at great risk under new laws

Justice in England and Wales on its knees as crisis escalates in the wake of years of neglect

People accused of crimes in England and Wales have a diminishing chance of seeing justice as the criminal justice system slides further into crisis due to years of underfunding and neglect. “The reputation of our justice system - one of England and Wales’ most precious assets - is in great danger at a time when … Continue reading Justice in England and Wales on its knees as crisis escalates in the wake of years of neglect

Realism and justice needed to shape future immigration system

The rule of law depends on an immigration system that is fair and fit for purpose, the Law Society of England and Wales said, following publication of the government’s Immigration White Paper. “Britain’s future immigration system must be as fair, robust and transparent as it is streamlined,” Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said. “The root … Continue reading Realism and justice needed to shape future immigration system

Employment law overhaul takes account of gig economy

Employment law is getting a much-needed overhaul to protect the rights of people working in the gig economy, the Law Society of England and Wales said in response to new legislation announced today. Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: “We called for laws that would prevent workers from being underpaid, overworked or mistreated - measures … Continue reading Employment law overhaul takes account of gig economy

Shake up of legal services not backed by evidence

Widespread concerns about deregulation of the solicitor profession must be taken into account and new rules rejected by the oversight regulator, the Law Society of England and Wales said today as the Legal Services Board (LSB) considers proposals to create different tiers of solicitors and reduce consumer protections. Law Society president Christina Blacklaws said: "The … Continue reading Shake up of legal services not backed by evidence

Brexit white paper has some of the right ingredients but proof will be in the pudding

Theresa May's white paper on Brexit was today given a cautious welcome by the Law Society of England and Wales. “Tax take from the legal and accountancy sectors alone pays the equivalent of salaries for 50,000 doctors and more than 82,000 nurses so it makes sense that steps are taken to protect this vital sector,” … Continue reading Brexit white paper has some of the right ingredients but proof will be in the pudding

Using algorithms to deliver justice – bias or boost?

The growing use of algorithms in the justice system raises many questions with few easy answers, the Law Society of England and Wales said as it launched a public policy commission to explore the impact of technology and data on human rights and justice. Law Society vice president and commissioner Christina Blacklaws said: “Big data … Continue reading Using algorithms to deliver justice – bias or boost?