Access to Justice campaign gets under way

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  • Andrew Caplen

The Law Society has today launched an ‘Access to Justice’ campaign to defend the rule of law in an environment where legal advice is becoming more expensive and difficult to obtain.

The campaign’s key goals include raising public awareness of the help still available, and persuading policymakers to make changes to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Chancery Lane will also support solicitors in making their products and services more accessible.

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Writing in the Gazette, president Andrew Caplen (pictured) warns that there can be no effective rule of law ‘when we lack a fully accessible and affordable legal system’. He adds: ‘It is against that backdrop – 600,000 people losing access to civil legal aid, the effects of [Jackson] and the threat to criminal legal aid – that we are launching our campaign”.

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  • £2m Compulsory PII with 6 years run off makes me inaffordable.

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  • Come on folks. Credit where credit is due.
    There's no point whinging that the Law Society do nothing and not joining in the clamour when they do.
    Let's raise the roof.
    Maybe the Bar might rediscover the desire to demand access to justice for all and support this campaign.

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  • Acces to justice would be cheap if the common law was used.
    Because lawyers etc have priced themselves out of the market they have only themselves to blame. The rule of law went out of the window years ago for people who have a reasonable income.
    If you really cared for the rule of law a lot of you would get a proper job instead of expecting the rest of the community to support you. Paying someone more than £100 per day just because he knows his way around complicated rules is no difference to gangsters claiming protection money.
    Just another view.Don't believe me?.
    Just check out the law regarding the rquirement for a driver's licence. I gve up after 4 pages.

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  • What with checking the prospective client's Money Launering propensity, ethnicity, understanding of the funding position, BTE insurance credentials (bought a packet of crisps from the Co-Op lately), colour of their under pants etc it costs close on £200 to open a file....before any "legal advice" is given.

    This is the cost of carrying the PII and Regulatory burden in a High Street firm.

    Access to Justice ... what a joke ! Have the people at the Law Society ever worked in a High Street legal practice .... any of them?

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  • So, Mr Timbrell, using your logic, paying a car mechanic just because he knows his way around a complicated engine is no different to gangsters claiming protection money.
    Really?
    Behave.

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  • £100 a day? I'm guessing Mr. Timbrell isn't a costs draftsman. I pay my window cleaner a much higher rate than that. Driving licence? Should've asked a solicitor. It's not complicated. You basically need to live here, be old enough, not blind or banned, and have proof of ID plus fifty quid. Where do I send my bill?

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  • I've yet to find a car mehanic or draughtsman charging £100 per hour as QCs do.. At least you get clean windows whatever they charge. Where is the certainty with QCs.

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  • £100 per hour for a QC? Google "QC rates per hour" Mr Timbrell, second article. Enjoy.

    You are right about one thing though, I am yet to hear of any that will also clean your windows for you.

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  • I have recently sought costs advice from a specialist. His charging rate is over £100 per hour, and then VAT is to be added.

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  • Mr Timbrell, if you can find a QC charging £100 per hour, please let us know who it is. I think you're pulling our legs.

    If you wanted "certainty" then why not simply agree a fee in advance?

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