Funding Justice - Can we afford the Rule of Law?




Funding Justice - Can we afford the Rule of Law?


Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, Peter Crisp, Dean BPP Law School,

Max Hardy, Chairman of Young Barristers' Committee and

Jenny Mc Cartney

Thursday 6th November,  6.30 - 7.30 p.m

BPP Law School, 70 Red Lion Street London, WC1R 4NY


The proposals to curb the legal aid budget aim, along with other reforms, to make savings of around £215 million per year. They are part of the overall strategy for cutting Britain's deficit, and the government believes that they will not undermine justice. Many in the legal profession, however, disagree: access to justice and a fair trial will suffer. Meanwhile the High Court has ruled that the initial consultation process was flawed.

What's the Point of the Human Rights Act? with Dinah Rose QC

Tuesday 28th October, 6.30-7.30pm

Army and Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JN


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The Conservative Party has announced its intention to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, if returned to power after the election. The proposal is popular, but has been criticised by opponents across the political divide.

On 28th October, Dinah Rose QC will address Politeia on What’s the point of the Human Rights Act? The Common Law, the Convention and the English Constitution.

She will examine the part played by the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act in the English constitution. Do we need them at all? Or are the common law and the Supreme Court a better source of protection for our civil liberties? In the delicate constitutional relationship between judges, parliament and the government, have we got the balance right? If not, how should it be changed?

Forthcoming Politeia Justice and EU Series


Politeia 's  2014 series, The UK and the EU: What principles should inform of renegotiation ? considers the issues which matter to Britain's relations with the EUThe series continues with Syed Kamall MEP and Dinah Rose QC and is supported by the Federalist Society.


  • 16 October, 6-7.30 p.m, The UK and the EU: Setting Britain's Business Free to Compete, with Syed Kamall MEP


Publication - Magistrates Work! Restoring Local Justice

Simon Reevell MP, Professor John Howson and Stanley Brodie QC

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Publication Launch 20th October 2014, 12 noon

As the political parties prepare for the 2015 general election, much work still remains in restoring the public finances, and another round of cuts is inevitable. In the case of justice, the authors of Magistrates Work! explain how savings can be made and the principles governing the operation of a fair justice system can be protected. 

The co-authors, Simon Reevell MP, Professor John Howson and Stanley Brodie QC, take stock of the recent closure of the magistrates’ courts, cut from 330 courts in 2009 to 240 in 2014. The consequences have been lamentable.

Publication - Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation by Martin Howe QC

EULaunched at a special meeting in Birmingham with Martin Howe QC, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP and Dominic Grieve MP on 30th September 2014.

The Prime Minister has called for a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with Europe, and all the main parties are committed to EU reform.

This week, Politeia published Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation by leading EU lawyer and government legal adviser, Martin Howe QC. As author of Politeia's Safeguarding Sovereignty, Mr Howe inspired the European Union Act 2011. Howe's latest proposals have the potential to redefine the terms of Britain's EU debate.

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Here Is The City's coverage of the pamphlet gives an extensive review of Howe's thesis.

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