Law Society Launch Manifesto for successful govt

Those attending the law societies president and secretaries conference ( including Doncaster Law Society )  helped launch the Law Societies Manifesto for the General Election .

Top five priorities include reinstatement of legal aid for early advice (particularly in housing and family), scrapping employment tribunal fees and enforcing the 2015 Modern Slavery Act.

Regarding Brexit, the Society calls for negotiation of reciprocal rights of practice, audience and legal professional privilege for UK solicitors across the EU and in its courts.

Ensuring the continuance of civil justice cooperation is also a key aspiration.The Society also called for a review of  the legal aid means test to restore its real value and remove the capital test for those on income benefits.It reiterates its opposition to an increase in the small claims limit and court fee hikes, stressing that the impact of the latter should be reviewed. Proposals to end the cross-examination of survivors of domestic abuse by their alleged abusers, abandoned when the election was called, should be implemented also .

The Society wants to retain the Human Rights Act, but says that if it is replaced by a British Bill of Rights this must protect and enhance rights currently enshrined in UK law.

It can be read in full here.