“And if Mr Corbyn is setting up a review of the legal aid scheme, I urge LAG to send each member of the Labour group so entrusted a copy of this book; and to test them on it after the Christmas parliamentary break.”


LEGAL AID HANDBOOK 2015/16 Ed Vicky Ling and Simon Pugh (2nd ed Legal Action Group, September 2015 – £60)

This is a remarkable book, by any standards. First it succeeds in combining together an introduction to civil (and family) and criminal legal aid in one concise volume; and to explain what has become an absurdly complex amalgam of primary and secondary legislation; of guidance and contract terms; and, now, of a burgeoning case law.

Second it does all this within a paperback which is about the same size as the pre-Access to Justice Act 1999 ‘Legal Aid Handbook’ (a source book published by: Law Society, and then the Legal Aid Board). Much credit must go to Legal Action Group for its second edition publication (price: £60).

I tested the book by reference to exceptional case funding and remuneration (how lawyers get paid: a word, by the way, which could have…

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