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Police station duty legal aid reforms: Esto on-call phone line proposal report

2012 February 27
by Mary Munro

Aberdeen Police Office
Update

“Justice Committee abandons investigation into Esto Law” The Firm Magazine
“Legal aid team members exonerated in ESTO report” Law Society Journal Online
“Solicitor business cleared by Law Society” Herald

Following posted on 16.12.11

“Law Society looks at ‘insider trading'” Herald

Following posted on 15.12.11

“ESTO directors withdraw proposed service in face of storm” Law Society Journal Online
“Plug is pulled on phone line for lawyers” Herald
“Esto Law collapses as Directors resign” The Firm Magazine

“ESTO directors deny improper actings” Law Society Journal Online
“Law Society challenged over “ill-conceived, inappropriate” Esto Law” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 13.12.11

“Phone-line will free lawyers from being on call around the clock” Herald
“Call centre: team aims to offer post-Cadder solution to 24/7 demands” Scotsman
“Esto: Statement from GBA President” The Firm Magazine
“Esto directors say “no insider trading” as company launches” The Firm Magazine
“Ex LANT members form police station firm” The Firm Magazine
“Glasgow solicitors slam “betrayal” over Esto launch The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 22.9.11

“Solicitor take-up of station scheme doubles” Herald

Following posted on 31.8.11

“Further increase in post-Cadder participation after overhaul” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 26.8.11

“Duty scheme participation figures up as scheme revised, but debate on provision blanked” The Firm Magazine
“SLAB – Neither “beneficial or worthwhile to engage in the debate” on legal aid reform” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 25.8.11

“Post-Cadder scheme now in “acceptable” format: Society and GBA offer cautious support” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 16.8.11

“Latest Duty Scheme participation numbers reveal increase” The Firm Magazine
“Creation of ‘Access to Justice’ panel urged to combat “conflict of interest” in Scottish Legal Aid Board” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 5.8.11

“Red letter day for legal aid” Law Society Journal Online
“Ministers to change police station duty scheme” Law Society Journal Online
“Society: abolition of subsumption offers “real chance to greatly improve” duty scheme” The Firm Magazine
“Statement from the Scottish Legal Aid Board” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 28.7.11

“Dumfries withdraws from SLAB duty scheme citing “anti-competitive leverage” “ The Firm Magazine
“Someone else’s grandiose design” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 25.7.11

“Duty solicitor scheme sets government and Slab on collision course with Law Society” Scotsman

Following posted on 20.7.11

“Police station scheme will go ahead with or without private firms: MacAskill” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 19.7.11

“MacAskill in participation threat to solicitors over police station duty debacle” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 15.7.11

“GBA President in damning challenge to SLAB and Montgomery” The Firm Magazine
“Bitter, ill informed diatribe: GBA letter to SLAB” The Firm Magazine

Following posted on 7.7.11

“Solicitors hit out over legal cover ‘chaos’” Herald

Following posted on 6.7.11

“Police station duty scheme “operating effectively”: SLAB” Law Society Journal Online
“SLAB withholding details of Police Station Duty Plan: inquiries from solicitors treated as FOI requests” Firm Magazine

Following posted on 5.7.11

“Call for figures on police station duty scheme” Law Society Journal Online
“Post-Cadder duty scheme fiasco as system goes live with “mass non-participation”” Firm Magazine

Following posted on 1.7.11

“Solicitors in mass boycott of new duty scheme” Law Society Journal Online
“SLAB on the spot as GBA reject latest board statement” Firm Magazine

Following posted on 24.6.11

“Lawyers walk out over duty solicitor plans” Herald
“Montgomery under fire as Edinburgh Bar Association reject duty scheme” Firm Magazine
“GBA reject “absurd, outrageous” police station duty proposals” Firm Magazine
“”Unacceptable…ridiculous”: Cadder’s legacy” Firm Magazine

“Briefs encounter” Scottish Sun
“Three quarters of “Cadder” suspects decline legal advice” Law Society Journal Online

Following posted on 4.6.11

“Proposed legal aid duty scheme “unacceptable”: Society” Law Society Journal Online

Press releases

“Law Society report concludes – no evidence of wrongdoing on part of Esto directors” Law Society of Scotland (February 2012)
“Police station duty scheme ‘unnecessary, unjustified and unacceptable'” Law Society (June 2011)

See also

Law Society of Scotland report on ESTO (February 2012)
Glasgow Bar Association
SLAB Update on police station duty plan applications and issues being raised by solicitors (10.6.11)
SLAB Update mailing re new interim police station duty plans (June 2011)

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