Access to Justice
By Edward CooperNational Practice Group Leader, Employment
Slater and Gordon Lawyers are opposed to the introduction of fees for Employment Tribunals and the changes to legal aid, these are barriers to the right for everyone to have access to justice.
We also believe that some of the Government’s proposals on personal injury claims could represent a barrier to justice.
We have delivered our message to Ministers, MPs and peers as well as conducting in-depth research into areas where people’s rights are being eroded. We have built up contacts with key influencers through media exposure and countless meetings and briefings. Our submission to the Transport Select Committee was well received and many of our concerns were echoed in the committee’s submission to Government. Subsequently the Government’s most recent proposals have stepped back from raising the small claims limit. We are now engaged with Government and other key stakeholders to ensure proposals for better medical evidence in whiplash and soft tissue claims are fair and do not impact on access to justice.
Because the campaign encompasses such a variety of avenues and elements it is long-term and very much on-going project. But it is in these times of austerity that the battle for access for justice is needed the most.
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