Murderer Ian Brady is launching a "totally unique" High Court battle for the right to have the lawyer of his choice representing him at a tribunal. His legal team is seeking permission to apply for a full judicial review. The proceedings were triggered when a bid to appoint Robin Makin, who has represented the terminally ill Mr Brady for more than 25 years, as a legal representative was blocked because his firm is not a member of the Law Society's mental health panel. Under legal aid rules, only members are entitled to a publicly funded contract in the mental health law category.
Belfast Telegraph, 14 February 2017 (Online edition)
Subject: Legal advice and funding
Keywords: Criminal legal aid; Law firms; Legal representation; Mental health