Two major breakthroughs for access to justice

Two major breakthroughs for access to justice

Clients from Beck Fitzgerald have put themselves forward to help us challenge two particularly unfair rules in the application of the legal aid ‘means test’. Trapped capital The brilliant Public Law Project took this matter to judicial review regarding the Legal Aid...

Jenny Beck honoured for legal aid efforts during lockdown

Two Law Society committee members have been honoured for their efforts during the Covid-19 lockdown ahead of the first virtual legal aid ‘oscars’ ceremony. Winners of this year’s Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards will be revealed on Tuesday. The annual, glittering...

Challenging the means rules preventing women accessing legal aid

Season 3 of the Family Law Week podcast is here – listen to the latest podcast with myself and Rachel Cooper from Coram Chambers. We discuss the current high court case through which the Public Law Project and Beck Fitzgerald are seeking to challenge to the...

Legal Challenge to the Legal aid DA means test

Potentially game changing Legal Challenge to the Legal aid DA means test Yesterday the Public Law Project and Beck Fitzgerald Solicitors went to the high court to challenge the financial eligibility, or means rules that prevent so many women getting access to free...

Domestic violence victim denied legal aid seeks judicial review

Woman contests rules that could force her to cross-examine ex-partner in court A victim of domestic violence, who is surviving on universal credit but has been denied legal aid in a battle to hold on to her home, is challenging strict regulations that could force her...

Update: Urgent call for inquiry into domestic abuse in family courts

Jenny Beck and Cris McCurley of Ben Hoare Bell have been at the forefront of the campaign for an independent inquiry into the failure of the family courts to protect victims of abuse and their children from domestic abuse. The campaign is in response to a lacklustre...