Injustice caused by the government’s civil legal aid cuts was brought home to MPs last week as lawyers called for an advice strategy and more funding. Family lawyers’ groups told the House of Commons justice committee that increasing numbers of litigants in person are not getting a fair hearing in family cases since legal aid for most private family law matters was removed by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. At a separate meeting with MPs, Ruth Hayes, vice-chair of the Law Centres Network, warned that fragmentation of advice is undermining ’community cohesion’.