CLP have carried out an analysis of what the different major political parties in England and Wales (Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party) say in their Manifestos about Housing, Justice/Legal Aid and Gypsies and Travellers. The bits in italics below are quotes from the Manifestos.
CLP have been shortlisted in the Legal Aid firm/not for profit agency category of the awards. For more details see:- http://www.lapg.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/LALY-2017-finalists-press-release-.pdf.
Regular readers will know that in August 2015 the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SSCLG) changed the definition of Gypsy/Traveller (or “traveller” as the SSCLG insists on saying) for planning purposes.
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).
Jones v Canal & River Trust  EWCA Civ 135
The claim by Canal & River Trust (CRT) in this action is for a declaration and injunction that it is entitled to remove the Appellant’s boat, “The Mrs T”, from its waterways ( covering over 2,000 miles) under s.8 of the British Waterways Act 1983 and s.13 of the British Waterways Act 1971.
Birmingham City Council v Stephenson  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.
In Autumn 2015 the Labour Party asked Lord Bach to carry out a review of access to justice in England and Wales.
The Women and Equalities Committee in Parliament is holding an inquiry into the above.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that the Government does not intend to repeal the Human Rights Act (HRA) and introduce a British Bill of Rights in its place during this Parliament which is excellent news.
CLP made submissions to this important review in January. Here are our submissions: