Legal Aid System in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v Derby Magistrates' Court, ex parte B
    • House of Lords
    • 22 Jun 1995

    It is a fundamental condition on which the administration of justice as a whole rests. It is a fundamental condition on which the administration of justice as a whole rests. Legal professional privilege is thus much more than an ordinary rule of evidence, limited in its application to the facts of a particular case. Legal professional privilege is thus much more than an ordinary rule of evidence, limited in its application to the facts of a particular case.

  • Connelly v RTZ Corporation Plc and Another
    • House of Lords
    • 24 Jul 1997

    I therefore start from the position that, at least as a general rule, the court will not refuse to grant a stay simply because the plaintiff has shown that no financial assistance, for example in the form of legal aid, will be available to him in the appropriate forum, whereas such financial assistance will be available to him in England.

  • Waddon v Whitecroft Scovell Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 11 Feb 1988

    If, however, those who made them intended to lay down as a general proposition of law that, in deciding whether there is good reason for extending the validity of a writ, delays caused by the operation of the legal aid system should never be taken into account, I am unable to agree with such a proposition. Such delays occur and where they do it would be unrealistic to disregard their effect.

  • Symphony Group Plc v Hodgson
    • Court of Appeal
    • 28 Abr 1993

    6) The procedure for the determination of costs is a summary procedure, not necessarily subject to all the rules that would apply in an action. This departure from basic principles can only be justified if the connection of the non-party with the original proceedings was so close that he will not suffer any injustice by allowing this exception to the general rule.

  • R v Stratford-on-Avon District Council, ex parte Jackson
    • Court of Appeal
    • 08 Oct 1985

    The court therefore still retains a discretion to refuse to grant leave for the making of the application or the relief sought on the substantive application on the grounds of undue delay, if it considers that the granting of the relief sought would be likely to cause substantial hardship to, or substantially, prejudice the rights of, any person or would be detrimental to good administration.

  • Balabel v Air India
    • Court of Appeal
    • 16 Mar 1988

    Where information is passed by the solicitor or client to the other as part of the continuum aimed at keeping both informed so that advice may be sought and given as required, privilege will attach. Moreover, legal advice is not confined to telling the client the law; it must include advice as to what should prudently and sensibly be done in the relevant legal context.

  • R v Medway
    • Court of Appeal
    • 06 Nov 1975

    We are satisfied and hold that there is no such jurisdiction In our judgment the kernel of what has been described as the "nullity test" is that the Court is satisfied that the abandonment was not the result of a deliberate and informed decision, in other words that the mind of the applicant did not go with his act of abandonment.

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Law Firm Commentaries
  • 'It's Legal Aid, Jim, But Not As We Know It.'
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    • 6 de Enero de 2011
    ...... By any measure this will be an extraordinary challenge to a legal aid system that has successfully protected the rights of tens of millions of people over the past 60 years. Yet, as against the projected impact of the ......
  • Criminal Assistance: Applying EU Public Procurement Rules To English Criminal Legal Aid
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    • 4 de Julio de 2008
    ...... introduce best value tendering (BVT) for criminal defence. services. In constructing this new system, the LSC needs to. take into account the rules and principles of EU public. procurement and, in particular, the application of the Treaty. ......
  • Rt. Hon. Kenneth Clarke MP Raises Concerns About European Contract Law
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    • 31 de Octubre de 2011
    ...... pleasure to see before me today the leading figures in UK commercial legal services and share with you my views on the future of litigation. We ... The second area is modernising the justice system. One lesson from my long and much reshuffled career is that it is ......
  • Do You Really Want To (Or Have To) Go To Court?
    • Mondaq UK
    • 24 de Julio de 2018
    ...... The Court system. The courts are underfunded, understaffed and overworked. Litigants in erson have tied up the court system since the removal of Legal Aid for nearly all types of family work. This means that you are likely to ......
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