Author Archives: michaeljameshall

About michaeljameshall

I live in Orpington and am a semi-retired solicitor and a property lawyer. I am also a Liberal Democrat campaigner, interested in democracy, human rights, legal affairs and law reform. I am a member of the Liberal Democrat Lawyers' Association.

Private sector soluton to legal aid funding crisis

Outline proposal for voluntary system to replace legal aid – The indemnity principle needs to be abolished, so that lawyers can act for clients who are unable to agree to pay their fees, and the lawyers can recover their costs … Continue reading

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Legal Aid under threat

Kenneth Clarke complains that legal aid is costing the average taxpayer £39 per year. Under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, now before Parliament, legal help, and representation in family and other civil proceedings will be severely … Continue reading

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Defamation Bill

I have responded to the Ministry of Justice Consultation Paper on the Defamation Bill expressing my own views. Generally I don’t think the draft Bill goes far enough, and wider definitions are needed for qualified privilege. It needs to be … Continue reading

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Marriage Visas: Pre-Entry English Requirements for Spouses

Marriage Visas: Pre-Entry English Requirements for Spouses.

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Human Rights – marriage and family life

O’ Donoghue v The United Kingdom [2010] ECtHR Case on Right to Marry Written ministerial statement on English language requirement | Home Office. marriagevisasthewayforward Quila v Home Secretary [2010] EWCA Civ 1482 ILPA and JCWI LETTER TO DAMIAN GREEN 1.10.10 Damian Green’s Letter … Continue reading

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Abolition of Chancel Repair Liability – News January 2015

One of the law reforms I would like to see is finally to lift the burden of chancel repairs from the shoulders of home owners. The recommendations of the Law Commission in its 1985 report should now be implemented. This … Continue reading

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