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Lord Chancellor David Lidington-a review

On 11 June 2017 PM Theresa May in a post-election re-shuffle appointed David Lidington as Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor. He replaced the hapless Liz Truss,  who had herself been appointed by May in a post-election re-shuffle less than a year before. Lidington was himself replaced as Lord Chancellor in Theresa May’s […]

Freelance Advocacy Services: News and Advocacy Availability

COURT AVAILABILITY– see www.freelanceadvocacyservices.uk). Book via gregfoxsmith@msn.com   NEWS BBC Justice Survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BBCJusticeSurvey/. The CPR Committee (which meets twice yearly) have said that effective engagement works better a local level, and has asked that local courts (those that are left!) reconvene Court User Groups. Make sure the defence is represented at your local court! FOH- the planned […]

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Speech at CLFS Autumn Confrence, London, 2017

I was invited (jointly with Greg Powell) to speak at this CLFS conference in the final speaker slot, on the topic of “unity, and changes ahead” Greg Powell spoke first, lambasting the MoJ for their announcement earlier in the week that following their LGFS consultation (and despite 97% opposition) they would cap payment at 6k […]

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Lord Chancellor Liz Truss-a Review of her Term of Office

On 14th July 2016 incoming Prime Minister Theresa May  appointed Liz Truss as the new Secretary of State for Justice (also known as Lord Chancellor). She lasted less than a year, being demoted by May on 11th June in the re-shuffle that followed the “mandate” election. Truss took over from Michael Gove,  sacked for his […]