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High Court awards Lord Chancellor £1m in battle with legal aid firm

The Lord Chancellor has been awarded almost £1m by the High Court in its battle with a legal aid firm over payments on account. Mr Justice Holgate said the evidence showed “over-claiming to a substantial extent in a substantial number of cases” by Charles Ete & Co.

February 19th, 2016 | No Comments »

Grayling promises crackdown on criminal law referral fees

Justice secretary Chris Grayling has promised criminal law barristers that the government will “take measures” to strengthen the Legal Aid Agency’s ban on solicitors demanding referral fees.

January 8th, 2015 | No Comments »

Peers highlight importance of senior legal figure at top of Ministry of Justice

There is a “distinct advantage” in having a Lord Chancellor from a “legal or constitution background” but it is not essential, the House of Lords constitution committee has concluded following its investigation into the role.

December 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

Grieve tells Grayling on being Lord Chancellor: “It helps to be a lawyer”

Dominic Grieve MP, the former Attorney General, has made it clear that he believes there are advantages in the Lord Chancellor being a lawyer. He was responding to comments by Chris Grayling that there were “no disadvantages” in his lack of legal qualifications.

October 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

Falconer condemns Grayling’s “heart-breaking” comments on role of Lord Chancellor

Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor, has condemned the “heart-breaking and disappointing” comments made about the role by its current incumbent, Chris Grayling.

October 23rd, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Lord Chancellor should be “very senior lawyer”

The Lord Chancellor should be a “very senior lawyer”, Nicholas Lavender QC, chairman of the Bar Council, has said. Support for the role being held by a lawyer also came from the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

October 17th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

“No disadvantages” in being a non-lawyer Lord Chancellor, Grayling says

Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, said this morning he could see “no disadvantages” in the post being occupied by a non-lawyer.

October 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

Lord Chancellors should be judges, APIL argues

Lord Chancellors should be recruited from the judiciary and no longer combine the role with that of justice secretary, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has argued.

August 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

Lord Chancellors should be legally qualified, Lord Judge says

Lord Judge, the former Lord Chief Justice (LCJ), has told peers that Lord Chancellors should have “some legal qualification”.

July 31st, 2014 | No Comments »

Peers to investigate Lord Chancellor’s powers amid judicial review concerns

The House of Lords constitution committee has launched an inquiry into the office of Lord Chancellor, in the wake of its warning last week that plans by the current occupant, Chris Grayling, to limit judicial review risk “undermining the rule of law”.

July 8th, 2014 | No Comments »