Legal aid



England: Thousands of law firms and half of law centres at risk of closure

More than 5,000 local law firms and up to half of law centres in England and Wales could go bust as a result of the COVID-19 crisis if the UK government does not step in, MPs have warned.

Published 4 August 2020

Programme for Government 'falls short' on access to justice

The new government's programme "falls short" on access to justice in a number of key areas, legal rights group FLAC has said.

Published 6 July 2020

Cleaner dismissed on grounds of age and ill health wins case with support from FLAC

A 64-year-old cleaner has won an age and disability discrimination case in the Workplace Relations Commission with support from legal rights group FLAC.

Published 26 June 2020

Law centres report rising demand for employment matters

Law centres are facing dramatic increases in calls from workers concerned about their employment rights during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 2 June 2020

Number of applications for interim legal aid payments down 45 per cent

The number of applications to the legal aid agency's COVID-19 interim payment scheme has fallen sharply in its second full week of operation.

Published 29 May 2020

Hundreds of requests for interim legal aid payments rejected

Nearly a third of solicitor applications and nearly half of barrister applications to the legal aid agency's COVID-19 interim payment scheme have been rejected.

Published 21 May 2020

Over a quarter of legal aid interim payment applications rejected

Over a quarter of applications to the interim payment scheme set up by the legal aid agency in response to the coronavirus pandemic have been rejected.

Published 13 May 2020

Over £2m in legal aid fees not paid due to outstanding queries

Over £2 million in legal aid fees has not yet been paid to lawyers because their claims have not been resubmitted after being queried by the Legal Services Agency (LSA).

Published 13 May 2020

Next government urged to commit to 'root and branch review' of civil legal aid

The next government should commit to a root and branch review of the civil legal aid scheme, legal rights group FLAC has said.

Published 17 April 2020

Criminal barristers to receive legal aid payments during coronavirus lockdown

Criminal barristers have been told they will receive legal aid payments for adjourned cases during the coronavirus lockdown and "refresher fees" when trials resume.

Published 6 April 2020

Top legal aid earners no longer published out of GDPR concerns

The law firms and barristers earning most from legal aid in Northern Ireland are no longer being named out of concerns about GDPR rules.

Published 4 March 2020

Oireachtas committee's inquiry into legal aid shelved by election

The Oireachtas justice committee's inquiry into access to justice and legal costs has lapsed as a result of the Dáil's dissolution for the general election.

Published 29 January 2020

Chief Justice calls for 'significant review' of legal aid thresholds

The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, has called for a "significant review" of the income thresholds used to determine eligibility for civil legal aid.

Published 24 January 2020

Chief Justice to speak on civil legal aid at Legal Aid Board's 40th anniversary event

The Chief Justice of Ireland, Mr Justice Frank Clarke, will reflect on the role of civil legal aid in ensuring access to justice at the Legal Aid Board's 40th anniversary celebrations tomorrow.

Published 22 January 2020

UN calls for expansion of Ireland's civil legal aid scheme to combat racism

A key UN committee has backed calls for Ireland's civil legal aid scheme to be expanded to help combat racial discrimination in employment and welfare.

Published 16 December 2019