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ARAG goes for experience with key underwriting and product development appointments

Leading legal expenses provider ARAG has made the first key appointments of what is set to be a significant expansion for the Bristol-­‐based company at the start of 2016. Ian Herbert has joined as Underwriting Manager and will oversee both BTE and ATE underwriting operations. He brings with him more than 30 years’ experience from Endsleigh, Hill House Hammond, Mark Richards and, most recently, B4 Group. “I’ve worked with...

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Latest research about litigants in person

 Make sure your clients do not end up representing themselves in court through lack of choice.  The available evidence indicates that the proportion of litigants appearing before the civil and family courts in England and Wales without legal representation (litigants in person) has increased since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 took many civil and private law children and family cases out of scope for legal...

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Latest update: U-turn on the pricing model for criminal legal aid work

The Secretary for State for Justice has done a U-turn on the pricing model for criminal legal aid work. Against a background of cost savings elsewhere in the Justice department and faced with 99 legal challenges against the dual pricing model and Judicial review challenging last July’s 8.75% cut to legal aid fees for criminal work Mr Gove has decided not to go ahead with the dual pricing contract and to suspend the 8.75% cut in legal fees until...

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Access to Justice

Tuesday 26 January Hansard records opposition attacks against various measures implemented by MoJ to arrive at savings required as a consequence of austerity. In response to a question about what steps were being taken to ensure that access to justice does not depend on the ability to pay the Minister for Justice outlined the availability of ACAS early conciliation for the resolution of employment disputes. 83,000 people approached ACAS during the...

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ARAG underwriting service awards 2015