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
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
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 are facing dramatic increases in calls from workers concerned about their employment rights during the coronavirus pandemic.
Published 2 June 2020
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
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 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 £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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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