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Bach Commission

The long awaited final report of the Bach Commission was released just prior to the Labour Party Conference in September 2017. It is entitled ‘The Right to Justice’. The Bach Commission was set up by the Labour Party though has operated independently of the Labour Party.

Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2017

CLP were delighted (to say nothing of amazed) to be given the above award at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards on the evening of 5th July 2017. It was wonderful to hear about the marvellous work of so many dedicated legal aid workers around the UK. The awards are organised by the (equally wonderful) Legal Aid Practitioners Group (LAPG).

LAPG said of CLP:

“CLP is a legal aid firm to its core. It specialises in housing law for those facing possession, the homeless and Gypsies and Travellers, including cutting edge work in the higher courts. A client who collapsed when trying to represent herself says: ‘I went from wanting to die to wanting to live – that’s how much their help meant’.

 Anna Jones, the compere for the evening, referred to “their legendary commitment to Gypsies and Travellers”.

Thank you to all those who sent in submissions in our support especially some of our clients and to James Stark of Garden Court North Chambers for nominating us. Well done to all the winners and all those shortlisted. We were very honoured to be in such exalted company.

Law Firm of the Year

At the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2017 which took place on the evening of Thursday 9th March 2017, CLP were awarded Law Firm of the Year (5 to 15 partners).  The Judges said:- “The firm has demonstrated outstanding commitment in helping the less privileged have access to justice.  It has done so in circumstances where public funding is extremely limited.  The firm supports clients in need and they also nurture local students and an extensive network of community organisations”.

Left to right:- John Sargeant (who presented the awards); Mike McIlvaney; Jenny Malone; Craig Keenan; Holly Sherratt; Rosaleen Kilbane and Mr Rollason (from Landmark Information who sponsored the award).

In the Nick of Time

Birmingham City Council v Stephenson [2016] EWCA Civ 1029, 27 September 2016.

In September 2015 Birmingham City Council (BCC) issued proceedings to repossess Mr Stephenson’s home on grounds of noise nuisance. Mr Stephenson, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, had been granted an introductory tenancy to his flat the previous year following being homeless for a number of years.

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