Post by Mr Fiona T. Wardle on Aug 5, 2010 6:22:25 GMT
...and listen to BBC Radio 4 today, Thursday 5th August 2010, 12.30 - Face the Facts. Their own blurb is
"An asylum seeker takes his own life after his lawyers go into administration; a man and his family are thrown into detention because they've unwittingly been given false papers by an unscrupulous immigration adviser; a woman who's fled torture but hasn't been able to see her children for years because of bungling lawyers. Their experiences cost them money and heartache. But poor legal advice can cost all of us in the long run if wrongly advised clients end up appealing their decision, or people, who've been told incorrectly that they can stay, then have to be removed from the country at the taxpayers' expense. Changes to the way legal aid is paid have made the system "unsustainable". Asylum lawyers can now wait years for legal aid payments to be settled. John Waite talks to some of the hundreds of committed advisers who have been forced out of their jobs because they either can't make it pay - or can't do the job properly any more. And he asks the Legal Services Commission to justify a false economy and a failure of justice."
Thanks, Wardoll for that. I didn't get the chance to listen to it "live" as it were, but it is still up on the BBC i-player thing - but probably only for a few more days. If anybody missed it, it is worth a listen. Good that other people than just legal advice practitioners are getting to hear some of this stuff, and have it explained to them. You can find it here:
Post by Colin Henderson on Aug 18, 2010 12:39:01 GMT
And recently Barratt the LSC chief told the Immigration Advisory Service (now the only big national player in immigration) why he couldn't step in to save RMJ by extending credit - apparently they reckoned theywould be sued for favouring RMJ by competitor suppliers, presumably the same ones that picked up its work in the aftermath.