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Wednesday
Jun242015

LCCSA & CSLA meeting on direct action

When the coalition government published its Transforming Legal Aid green paper in 2013 the Haldane Society was among the first to call for lawyers to take united direct action to stop the plans. More than that, we argued for a broad-based campaign bringing together lawyers, charities, trade unions, activists and the public. We worked closely with the Justice Alliance which continues to do so much to ally people and groups who care about and need legal aid. We saw the paper for what it was: a deliberate and targeted assault on a vital pillar of the welfare state.

Last year the professions achieved the previously unthinkable and organised successful days of action and a policy of no returns. We should have confidence that it can succeed once more. We opposed the deal and we condemn the Criminal Bar Association’s recent backsliding in the face of an incontrovertible mandate for further direct action. Yet we remain of the view that its role in negotiating with the Government is key. But only in unison with solicitors.

Therefore we welcome the convening of a meeting by the Criminal Law Solicitors Association and London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association on Monday 29 June at Garden Court Chambers whose aim is to forge a common defence against these cuts. We urge all criminal law professionals to attend and to unite in our opposition to the damaging cuts and the dual contract scheme. 

Thursday
Jun182015

Criminal Bar Association Members Call for an EGM

Haldane supports the members of the CBA who are calling for an EGM to undo the mistake of the CBA's executive failing to call direct action to save legal aid.

Download the text here (PDF).

Monday
Jun152015

Early Bird Tickets Now On Sale!

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now on sale for our conference on 28-29 November 2015.

The tickets on sale are at a special early bird rate, and will increase closer to the conference date.

Tickets with CPD accreditation will be available soon, at £80 for the weekend or £60 for a day.

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If 1 day ticket, Sat or Sun?

Friday
Jun122015

International Women's Conference 2015: Save the Date

Tuesday
Jun092015

Socialist Lawyer 70 - Coming soon!