Justice Secretary Invites World To Settle Legal Disputes In The UK

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling sent invitations to litigants from the whole globe offering them to bring their legal issues to London.

He wanted to promote the UK legal services market across the world, mentioning that “any plan to promote UK industry abroad that ignored legal services would be like going to Wimbledon and missing the tennis”.

Yearly legal services bring about £3.5 billion as only the battle between Roman Abramovich and fellow Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky made as much as £100 million pounds for the lawyers in London.

In an announcement at London law firm Allen & Overy, Mr Grayling said he intended to increase the sum that the British legal services market makes to the UK economy each year.

In the words of Mr. Grayling, Britain is one of the countries with the best reputation when speaking about law but he desired to go further “Promoting industry. Promoting growth. Promoting jobs. Encouraging international businesses to come to the UK to have contracts written and disputes resolved.”

He also mentioned that UK courts were cheaper and worked faster than those in other European countries. This is why in his opinion foreign litigants would be attracted by the fame of the UK legal system.

“We’re a world leader in legal services. London is the venue of choice for more international and commercial cases than any other city on earth. This is a sector that contributes over £20 billion to the UK economy.”

Unfortunately lawyers made complaints that as wealthy people from all over the world were invited to London at the same time there are many UK citizens who are being denied access to justice because of the cuts in legal aid.

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Grayling Announced Mentoring for Short-Term Prisoners

The justice Secretary Chris Grayling is set to announce a new approach towards short-term prisoners. According to his plans, prisoners sentenced to less than 12 months in jail will have to undertake a post-release rehabilitation programme, which will help them get back to normal life and hopefully prevent them from being jailed again.

According to the current legislation, offenders imprisoned for under a year are given #46 upon their release, without being offered any additional support. For that reason Grayling plans to announce a program which will encourage the private sector to involve themselves into the integration of ex-prisoners back to society.

“Nearly half of prisoners themselves say they will need help to find a job when they leave prison,” Grayling is to say in a speech today. “Over a third say they will need help to find somewhere to live when they are let out.

“When all we do is just take those people, release them onto the streets with £46 in their pockets and no other support, why are we surprised that they reoffend again quickly?”

This would be a great change in the criminal justice system and will be used to facilitate the next steps in the government’s “rehabilitation revolution”.

Grayling is not satisfied with the current system and criticises it for “recycling people round and round the system”, that`s why he is determined to change it and involve charities and private companies in the process of rehabilitation for ex-prisoners. In addition, he hopes that older and already re-integrated ex-prisoners will be able to act as mentors to the newly freed ones and help them start a normal life again and to to ensure they get the help necessary to prevent them reoffending.

Charities and private firms will be ‘paid by results’ They will be expected to recruit former inmates to help them meet these targets by ‘mentoring’ prisoners from the second they are released back on to the streets. The program is set to prevent them from “falling back to crime”, as they are not entitled to statutory post-release monitoring by the probation service, because of the less than 12 months sentence.

However concerns have been raised over safety if these services are exclusively handled by private firms. Sue Hall, chairman of the Probation Chiefs Association, warned that “the Government must understand that the public will be put at risk if it goes ahead with its proposal to outsource offender management”.

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