The Legal Aid avocado and human rights

5 June 2013 by

Michael-Fordham avocadoTwo quick things. 

The first is that yesterday was the final day for responses to the Government’s latest Legal Aid reforms consultation. As I have done in the past, I will be collating some of the key organisational responses. If you want yours included in the roundup, please email me if you haven’t already. Just as a taster, why not dip into the relatively short and sweet Bingham Centre response, which is excellent, as well as the very long but solid-looking Bar Council response.

If you couldn’t make the protest yesterday, why not listen to three speeches by leading barristers Dinah Rose QCMichael Fordham QC (pictured*) and Geoffrey Robertson QC. Fordham’s rabble rousing avocado metaphor (yes, avocado) is particularly worth devoting five minutes to. Well done to Carl Gardner along with his up and coming sound engineer Joshua Rosenberg for recording and publishing.

The second thing is that in amongst the legal aid deadline and protests, the aforementioned Joshua Rozenberg, who is really a legal journalist and not a sound engineer, interviewed the President of the European Court of Human Rights, who had some pretty interesting things to say, including (rightly) that the UK’s withdrawal from the ECHR would be “disastrous“. You can listen in full here and read a report here.

And, on that topic, if you haven’t already read Paul Harvey’s excellent guest post, you can find it here.

* With thanks to Carl Gardner. Pictured avocado may be slightly larger than actual avocado.

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