[Jim Sheridan in the Chair]
Written evidence to be reported to the House
LA 38 Refugee Children’s Consortium (additional)
LA 39 Robert Morfee, Partner, Clarke Willmott LLP
LA 40 Caroline Sergeant, Solicitor
LA 41 Resolution
LA 42 Cris McCurley, Partner, Ben Hoare Bell LLP
LA 43 Mencap
LA 44 Equality and Diversity Forum
LA 45 Joanna Miles
LA 46 Legal Services Commission
Before we start this morning’s proceedings, I want to say that we are considering an extremely serious Bill, not only for the taxpayer, but individuals. I am well aware that there are extremely talented brains in Committee, but I do not imagine that there will be a need to demonstrate that further. Brevity will be appreciated.
On a point of order, Mr Sheridan. It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair. I have checked my declaration of interest, and it still states that I am a barrister, which I am—albeit non-practising. I declare that as an interest—I hope for the one and only time, although I realise that, in so doing, I might set off a fusillade of similar declarations.
Does anyone else have a declaration to make?
Yes, Mr Sheridan. I should declare that I am a practising barrister, who has been in receipt of criminal legal aid payments for work done before the election. I am also a recorder at the Crown court. That is my declaration for the purposes of all our sittings until the end of our consideration of the Bill.
Good morning, Mr Sheridan. I declare an interest as a non-practising solicitor who has never been in receipt of legal aid.
I held judicial offices as a lay magistrate between 1993 and 2009, and I have been made a life member of the Magistrates Association.
Before the election, I was a chief executive of a citizens advice bureau that received legal aid funding for social welfare law.
I am also a non-practising barrister. That may not matter, as I am unlikely to say anything in Committee apart from moving the Adjournment motion.
I declare an interest. I was called to the family Bar in 2001, and I have practised in chambers in London and Nottingham.
My hon. Friend the Member for Makerfield reminds me that I also ran the Child Poverty Action Group for a number of years and, before that, the National Council for One Parent Families, both of which received legal aid funding.
It is a bit like an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.