Claire Mawer: My issue with Sadiq Khan

March 8, 2014

Once the speeches ended at yesterday’s “Grayling Day” demonstration, I caught up with one of the protesters who heckled Sadiq Khan MP: pupil barrister Claire Mawer. She explained to me why she was unhappy with him. Labour, she said laid the foundations for the destruction of the legal aid system by the cuts they made. […]

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Sir Anthony Hooper: This government is destroying equal justice

March 8, 2014

In a short speech at yesterday’s “Grayling Day” in London (even less than the three case-managed minutes he allowed himself), the former Court of Appeal judge Sir Anthony Hooper told the demonstration that For some sixty years, everyone has had the right to equal access to justice … This government is destroying that right. He […]

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Paddy Hill: Come out on strike for good

March 8, 2014

The speech that went down best at yesterday’s “Grayling Day” demonstration against legal aid cuts came from Paddy Hill, one of the Birmingham Six, who spent sixteen years in prison having been wrongly convicted of murder in 1975. It was broad attack on the political establishment, a warning about miscarriages of justice, and a call […]

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Sadiq Khan MP heckled at “Grayling Day” demo

March 7, 2014

Shadow Lord Chancellor Sadiq Khan MP has a slightly rougher ride than he might have hoped for at today’s demonstration against legal aid cuts. Although his speech was broadly well received, for the first time at one of these rallies I heard him heckled by not one, but at least three protestors. Would he, his […]

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Sir Ivan Lawrence: I am ashamed of this government

March 7, 2014

One of today’s best speeches, and certainly the most interesting politically, came from the former Conservative MP Sir Ivan Lawrence QC. He reminded the audience that he’s been 60 years a Conservative, and 52 of them a barrister, but in that time never has there been a demonstration like this. It is “atrocious” he said, that […]

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Subashini Nathan: Justice should be accessible for all

March 7, 2014

As well as recording today’s speeches, I also spoke to some of the people who came on today’s “Grayling Day” demonstration in London against legal aid cuts. Subashini Nathan volunteers for Bail for Immigration Detainees and the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. It’s been quite a journey, working with voluntary organisations and charities […]

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Francis Nettles: I once was nearly the victim of a miscarriage of justice

March 7, 2014

The best speeches at today’s “Grayling Day” demonstration against legal aid cuts weren’t by lawyers or politicians, but by those who’v been at the sharp end of the justice system. And Francis Nettles’s speech was perhaps the most impressive of the day. He explained with clarity and straightforwardness how, having been confronted by a boy […]

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Shami Chakrabarti: Punish the wrongdoers in that palace behind me

March 7, 2014

Shami Chakrabarti told the crowd gathered at Old Palace Yard this morning, opposite the Houses of Parliament, that naming March 7 2014 “Grayling Day” was no honour for the Lord Chancellor: on the contrary, this was, she said, his “day of shame”. Liberty’s director didn’t spare MPs and peers either, who she said “care not […]

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David Miranda’s grounds of appeal

February 26, 2014

Here are David Miranda’s grounds in support of his application to the Court of Appeal, for permission to appeal against the Administrative Court’s dismissal of his judicial review. They were drafted by Matthew Ryder QC, Edward Craven and Raj Desai, all of Matrix Chambers. Miranda continues to challenge his questioning and detention last year under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism […]

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David Miranda’s application for permission to appeal

February 19, 2014

Here’s David Miranda’s application to the Court of Appeal* – drafted by Matthew Ryder QC and Edward Craven of Matrix Chambers – for permission to appeal against today’s Administrative Court judgment. The court today dismissed his judicial review challenge to his questioning and detention last August under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. David Miranda’s […]

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