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Emily Dugan a senior reporter for Buzzfeed News, has been announced the winner in the print and online media category of the 2018 Bar Council Legal Reporting Awards.(1)

Her winning article from October 2017 focuses on the injustice and difficulty faced by those who are representing themselves in court, and the effect the Legal Aid cuts have had on the number of people seeking support in court because they have no lawyer.

Emily Dugan tweeted “Honoured to have won the 2018 Bar Council Legal Reporting Award for written journalism. Makes up for all those rude names they have for me down at Petty France...”

She explains that “The piece told the stories of people with no representation - and the lawyers who went up against them. It also revealed a 520% increase in those seeking help to fight their case alone.”(2)

The Bar Council represents barristers in England and Wales and promotes (amongst other things):
- The Bar's high quality specialist advocacy and advisory services
- Fair access to justice for all
- The highest standards of ethics, equality and diversity across the profession, and
- The development of business opportunities for barristers at home and abroad.(3)

Emily Dugan received her award just several weeks after she exposed abusive messages sent between Ministry of Justice staff in responce to her published article. Online messages referred to her as “a real bitch” and “crazy”.(4)

Thankfully, the Bar Council recognised her reporting as both skilled and important in raising awareness as to how exactly legal aid cuts are undermining our justice system and its true scale. She is an important voice given that the judiciary itself are often not allowed to publicly be critical of the cuts themselves.


Author: Edward Beaver February 13 2019

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