Post by Colin Henderson on Feb 28, 2012 10:36:16 GMT
In their February newsletter Resolution (the family lawyers group) say they have still not had any news of an amendment to the restrictive definition of domestic violence, or any other concession in the cuts to family scope: "Resolution has been working closely with partner organisations, including the Law Society, Gingerbread, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes and Rights of Women, ahead of Report stage, which starts on 5th March, and is in regular contact with key peers, including Baroness Butler-Sloss, to co-ordinate our efforts. No government amendments have so far been forthcoming on the areas we have been campaigning on, and so we are working with such Peers to help them determine which amendments to bring forward at Report stage" www.resolution.org.uk/e-news-editorial.asp?page_id=601#anchor_601
So their Chair Dave Emmerson used his speech at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum to remind the audience (which included corporate lawyer Djanogly who has never dealt with such things) exactly how family legal aid lawyers find out and fix domestic violence in the real world.
The speech is here. It's only short, but I warn you, it's not for the fainthearted: