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Republican Senator Susan Collins has a dirty secret.

Collins voted to shut down the government over Obamacare. Twice. She voted against raising the minimum wage and the Paycheck Fairness Act but supports building the Keystone XL Pipeline and spying on Americans without a warrant. 328 more words

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Civil certificate means test - passported applications

Our thanks to Colin Henderson for drawing to our attention the following passage from FAQs released following the LAA’s recent provider reference group meetings: 196 more words


Civil tenders announced

The LAA has announced that it will open tenders in December for contracts in actions against the police, clinical negligence and public law. Contracts will run from November 2015. 114 more words


TPPA: Trans Pacific Partnership Apocalypse?

I’ll be frank: I wasn’t expecting there to be an issue to comment on so soon.  However, with social media spreading information about the TPPA, I thought this was an opportune time to chime in. 677 more words


Grayling defeated in the High Court: careful now

Burnett J’s judgment in R (London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and Criminal Law Solicitors Association) v Lord Chancellor makes for interesting reading in the context of the ongoing conflict over Chris Grayling’s reforms and cuts to the legal aid system of England and Wales. 698 more words


Is "Wednesbury unreasonableness" dead?

Wednesbury unreasonableness and proportionality as grounds of review are often presented as a duality; on the one hand, unreasonableness is applied in judicial review proceedings in a domestic setting, for issues which do not involve human rights issues, whereas proportionality is applied exclusively for claims engaging the ECHR. 1,535 more words


Time is running out for old civil forms

Just to remind people, further to our previous post, that time is fast running out to submit pre-4 August forms. Completed paper forms, submitted by post, signed and dated before 1 September 2014, will be accepted by the LAA as long as they are received on or before 5pm on 5 September. 7 more words