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The Legal Aid Market

Challenges for Publicly Funded Immigration and Asylum Legal Representation

By Jo Wilding

Published

Sep 13, 2021

Page count

212 pages

ISBN

978-1447358497

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Sep 13, 2021

Page count

212 pages

ISBN

978-1447358510

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Sep 13, 2021

Page count

212 pages

ISBN

978-1447358510

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
The Legal Aid Market

Even though legal aid is available for people seeking asylum, there is uneven access to advice across Britain.

Based on empirical research, this book offers fresh thinking on what has gone wrong in the legal aid market. It presents a rare picture of the barristers, solicitors and caseworkers practising immigration law in charities and private firms. In doing so, this book examines supply and demand and illuminates what constitutes high-quality legal aid work/provision, subsequent conflicts with financial rationality and how practitioners resolve these issues.

Challenging existing legal aid policy, this book presents innovative insights to ensure public service markets around the globe function well for all those involved.

“Jo Wilding has written an essential book for anyone looking to understand access to justice around immigration and asylum. As authoritative as it is accessible, this book will show people the reality of legal aid.” Daniel Newman, Cardiff University

“Drawing on interesting (and extremely distressing) examples, Wilding exposes a dysfunctional legal aid system which damages the most vulnerable in society and offers practical suggestions for reform. This book will be of great value to anyone interested in social justice.” Hilary Sommerlad, University of Leeds

Jo Wilding is an ESRC postdoctoral fellow in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton.

Introduction

Evolution of Immigration Law, Legal Aid and Lawyers

Business of Asylum Justice Case Studies

Broken Swings and Rusty Roundabouts

New Framework for Demand

Droughts and Deserts

No Choice, No Voice, No Exit

Why We Need To Think About Systems