Legal Aid - Its Role in an Effective Justice System

Legal Aid -

Its Role in an Effective Justice System 

Wednesday 14th September, 7.00 - 8.00 p.m

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Shailesh Vara MP, Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid (2013 – July 2016)

Hugh Barrett, Director for Commissioning and Strategy, Legal Aid Agency

Professor Peter Crisp, Dean, BPP Law School 


Since 2010, the legal aid budget has been cut significantly and changes have been made to the basis for its award.  Such cuts were part of the overall strategy to reduce the deficit inherited by the Coalition. However, many in the legal profession are concerned that access to justice and a fair trial will suffer. 

Leaving the EU – Legal and Trade Priorities for the New Britain

 Leaving the EU 

Legal and Trade Priorities for the New Britain

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Publication: Wednesday 20th July 

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Britain’s new prime minister has promised that ‘Brexit means Brexit’. In Politeia’s next pamphlet, Leaving the EU – Legal and Trade Priorities for the New Britain, Martin Howe QC, explains the legal priorities for domestic law and for governing Britain’s global trade arrangements.

In particular, the author, a leading EU lawyer

  • Explains that Article 50 is the best legal route for withdrawing from the EU.

The referendum result gives ‘sufficient political and constitutional authority’ to the Prime Minister to give formal notice of withdrawal under Article 50. The timing, says the author, should be calibratedby the UK to allow a short period of planning and pre-negotiation. By the time the 2-year period in Article 50(3) expires the UK should have ‘completed all necessary internal and external preparations for withdrawal’ with all in place by January 2019, in good time before the 2020 election. 

Ahead of the Curve ...

Politeia's focus on Policy has continued to encourage serious thinking on policy by a range of contributors.....On spotting subjects and authors it seems we may be ahead of the curve...

Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Providing the Pensions: Principles and Practices for Success, Theresa May MP, 2010.

Restoring Parliamentary Authority – EU Laws and British Scrutiny, Theresa May and Nicholas Timothy, 2007.


Dr Liam Fox MP

The Armed Forces, NATO and the EU: What Should the UK’s Role Be?, Liam Fox, 2010.

Let Freedom Prevail!, Liam Fox, 2005.

Conservative for The Future, Liam Fox, 2004.

Politeia's Latest Publication

Banking on Recovery

Towards an accountable, stable financial sector

By Lord McFall, Dr Syed Kamall, Dr Gerard Lyons, Professors Richard Roberts, Forrest Capie, Geoffrey Wood, Kent Matthews, David B. Smith, Melanie Powell, Dr Eugene Michaels and  Dr Sheila Lawlor.

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Read Stephen Hammond MP's response to the publication.

Publication: Thursday 21st of April 2016

The financial crisis of 2007/8 and its causes still loom large in the debate about Britain’s economy and its recovery. While politicians and economists agree on some of the main contributing factors and the broad principles needed to guide future policy, there is less certainty about next steps. How should the law be shaped? Are the UK government and its European counterparts on the right tracks?

In this volume, some of Britain’s leading UK economists and politicians in the field, reassess the crisis, the regulatory response and the wider implications. They contrast the turbulence of recent decades with the stability of the preceding century; they discuss the different factors leading to the crisis, including some hitherto largely ignored; and they show where the official response has been and continues to be flawed, badly timed and damaging.

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