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LSA Annual Report 2020/21 OUT NOW

We are excited to share our Annual Report highlighting developments over the year last year.

Major Conference: USING THE LAW TO TACKLE THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

The Scottish Climate Emergency Legal Network is holding a major conference in Glasgow during the run-up to COP26. The event is to take place on the 21st of October, 10 days before the start of Glasgow’s historic summit, and will be accessible both online and in person at the Renfield Centre on Bath Street. Registration…

POWER OF ATTORNEY DAY

Having Power of Attorney in place gives YOU the autonomy to make a conscious decision to allow someone you know and trust to make decisions regarding your welfare, if or when you lose the ability to do so yourself. It means that YOU know the person understands YOUR needs, YOUR wants and will always act…

PRESS RELEASE – Glasgow Social Justice Lawyers welcome announcement of legal aid for asylum seekers in Scotland facing eviction by the Home Office

A group of social justice lawyers based in Glasgow have successfully secured an important gain for asylum seekers in Scotland – the right to access legal aid for representation in tribunal appeals, where they face eviction from housing that is provided by the Home Office. The Glasgow Social Justice Lawyers came together in summer 2018…

HOUSING LAW AND CORONAVIRUS: WHERE ARE WE NOW?

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 made various changes to the law which impacted upon housing law. A year and a bit after this legislation was enacted we are taking stock of where we are now, and what might change in the coming months. EVICTION BAN As previously blogged, a ban on eviction orders being enforced…

Time Bar for Same Roof Rules Cases Approaching in Criminal Injuries Compensation Cases

On 13th June 2019, the rules for Criminal Injuries Compensation Schemes were amended to remove what had previously been referred to as the ‘Same Roof Rule.’ The ‘Same Roof Rule’ had prevented victims who had been living with their assailant as members of the same family at the time of the assault prior to 1979 from…

The eviction ban in Scotland: What is it and what does it mean for tenants?

Since December 2020 there have been limitations on evictions in Scotland, often termed an eviction ban. However, the position is more complicated than a straightforward ban on evictions. The eviction ban came into effect on 11 December 2020, as a result of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (Scotland) Regulations 2020. These Regulations prevented…

LSA Welcomes new Trustees

Legal Services Agency (LSA) is delighted to welcome four new Trustees: Grant Carson, Kirstie Cusick, Mhairi Reid and Peter Beckett. The Trustees join LSA at an exciting time to support us in delivering our three-year strategic plan launched in Spring 2020. Coming from the public, private and third sectors, the new Trustees bring invaluable skills,…

Happy Human Rights Day everyone!

It has been 72 years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document that proclaims the inalienable rights which everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin,…

Power of Attorney and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on all facets of society. During these challenging times, the legal sector has had to adapt and revise the ways in which it delivers services. The extent of these adjustments – many stemming from the new Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 – vary across different practice areas. In…

Glasgow’s free advice sector stands united

Glasgow’s free advice sector stands united #SaveYourAdviceSector THIS Thursday, Glasgow City Council will vote to cut over £2m each year from its funding to Glasgow`s community law centres, citizen advice bureaux (CABx), local money advice and other advice agencies.  That`s a 60% cut across the board.  £5m removed from Glasgow`s free advice sector over the…

Briefing on reform of the law on damages for unlawful eviction

Unlawful evictions damages law reform briefing – 11 August 2020 Shaun McPhee, Ben Christman, Marianne Wilson, Caitlin Perring and Alice Dalkin Legal Services Agency  

Changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012

Changes to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2012 By Hannah Goldsmith The Criminal Injuries Compensation scheme is a government scheme in place to help victims of crimes of violence receive compensation for injuries they have suffered.  The current Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is the 2012 Scheme (2012 Scheme), which, as its name suggests, came into…

Report on Valuation of Compensation Awards Arising from Letting Agent Enforcement Orders

Report on Valuation of Compensation Awards Arising from Letting Agent Enforcement Orders by Alice Dalkin, Caitlin Perring and Marianne Wilson Legal Services Agency June 2020 Alice, Caitlin and Marianne are volunteers with the Legal Services Agency in their Housing and General Court Department. They are also recent graduates from the University of Glasgow School of Law.  …

Coronavirus: Tenants’ Rights in the Private Sector

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 has increased protection for private tenants. This leaflet summarises the changes to the eviction procedure for both Assured/Short Assured Tenancies and Private Residential Tenancies. Coronavirus Tenancy Poster V2 Legal Services Agency has dedicated lawyers specialising in private tenancies. Please contact 0141 353 3354 to arrange a telephone appointment or email us…

Vulnerable Adults and Coronavirus in Scotland

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 6th April 2020 having been passed by the Scottish Parliament on 1st April 2020. The provisions came into force on 7th April 2020 with some exceptions noted below.  This legislation has received significant attention in the Scottish media with particular attention paid to the proposed changes to practice within…

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Crisis

The current Covid-19 Pandemic has brought about numerous concerns for all of us who work in the legal profession but none more so than how this will impact upon the rights of us as individuals.  At Legal Services Agency we provide specialist advice to those with mental ill health, their family and carers.  Many of those we…

COVID-19 and Housing

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 is now law.  It brings major changes to housing law and practice, which will impact a large number of tenants for the foreseeable future.  The emergency provisions are initially effective until 30 September 2020 but may be extended by the Scottish Ministers up to a further year.  These changes could well be with…

UK Supreme Court Refuses to Consider Ali v Serco and Others

For around eighteen months Legal Services Agency have been challenging lock change evictions in Glasgow Sheriff Court. We raised one of the first actions challenging these evictions and have raised around 77 interdict actions since then. These cases were put on hold waiting for a decision to be made in the case of Ali v…

Climate, Corona and Civil Liberties

A Discussion of Political Protests after the Coronavirus Act 2020 We are in exceptional times. There are two major threats, neither of them will be news. Firstly, to the long term survival of the whole of humanity and the natural world, i.e. the climate emergency. Secondly, to the survival of a significant proportion of humanity:…

A guide to lockdown law in Scotland

A guide to lockdown law in Scotland Ben Christman, trainee solicitor (benchristman@lsa.org.uk) 8 April 2020 1. Introduction If you are living in Scotland at present, you will probably know that the Scottish Government has imposed a ‘lockdown’ to halt the spread of COVID-19. Similar lockdowns are in place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland –…

Homelessness law in Scotland and COVID-19

Homelessness law in Scotland and COVID-19 Ben Christman, trainee solicitor (benchristman@lsa.org.uk) 6 April 2020 Introduction There is no good time to be homeless, but it is difficult to imagine that there could be a more difficult period to be without a home than during a global pandemic crisis and national lockdown. Homeless rights organisations have…

Service update

The scale and pace of changes resulting from Covid-19 pandemic is causing heightened levels of uncertainty for us all! New guidance and amended rules are being issued daily. Interpretations of these for businesses and the impact for people and everyday lives are complex. We remain committed to providing access to justice, advice and representation in…

Important Service Update: COVID-19 Pandemic

IMPORTANT SERVICE UPDATE From Tuesday 17 March 2020 we are making adaptations to our service delivery in light of continued concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety and health of all our staff, clients and other visitors we have taken the difficult decision to move face-to-face delivery to telephone advice. We would be grateful if…

Urgenda: the urgent agenda

Scots lawyers should consider what may follow from the Dutch Supreme Court ruling, requiring Government action to avert the threats from climate change on human rights grounds. LSA`s Paul Brown discusses the Dutch Supreme Court ruling and using the law to tackle the climate emergency. Read the full article in the Journal here
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