Resolution National Conference 2015—National Chair's Speech

Resolution National Conference 2015—National Chair's Speech

Jo Edwards, chair of family justice organisation Resolution, criticized the Legal Aid Agency’s (LAA) controversial £35 million Client Cost and Management System (CCMS) as 'nothing short of a national scandal' at the Resolution National Conference in Brighton today. She outlined the difficulties legal aid lawyers are facing with CCMS and the continued failure of the LAA to resolve them, saying: 'The CCMS has been beset with problems since its introduction. Resolution welcomes online working, but this is not the way to do it' and 'At the last count, the Legal Aid Agency had spent over £35 million pounds on this ill-fated project. When set against the scale of the legal aid cuts introduced in April 2013, and the huge number of vulnerable people now deprived of access to justice who could benefit from some of this budget being used to fund initial legal advice, this is nothing short of a national scandal.' Jo Edwards speech can be viewed here: Speech to Resolution National Confere

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Geraldine is Head of LexisPSL Family. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and was in practice for 15 years, most recently as a partner and head of the family team at Hart Brown, a large Surrey firm.

Geraldine writes for Butterworths Family Law Service and is a past editor of the Resolution Review. She has been published in the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the District Judges’ Bulletin as well as in the national press including the Times and the Telegraph.

When in practice she was a member of the Law Society Family and Children Panels, and an accredited Resolution Specialist with a focus on advanced financial provision and pensions. A past Resolution regional secretary and press officer, Geraldine also contributed chapters to the Resolution publications, International Aspects of Family Law (3rd Edition 2009) and The Modern Family (2012).