Tribunal fee increases will deny justice, Law Society warns

roposed fee increases of more than 500% at the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal would deny justice to people appealing Home Office decisions, the Law Society has warned. Responding to Ministry of Justice (MoJ) proposals, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers (pictured) said: ‘Everyone should be able to access the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal, irrespective of their financial…

Tory MP’s attempt to block police investigation into election fraud allegations fails

Judge says election results could be declared void in the event of a conviction The Conservative’s ‘Battlebus’ transported young activists around the country to campaign on candidate’s behalf Matt Cardy/Getty Images An attempt by a Conservative MP to block a police investigation into allegations his party broke election spending rules has failed. Kent Police last…

Law firms’ debts jump 36%

Law firms’ bank debts have jumped 36% in the past year to an average of £38,000 per equity partner as firms seek to expand, according to research by a specialist accountant. Hazlewoods, a top 40 firm which carries out the Law Society’s financial benchmarking, says that many firms are increasing headcount and staff salaries as…