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Complainant Name:
Professor David Mead

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Professor David Mead complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an article which he considered to have been inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The article claimed that ‘legally-aided lawyers [were] flooding the courts with ‘meritless' immigration and asylum appeals', and that nine in ten such claims were ‘thrown out at the first stage', a figure which the complainant disputed.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

An article in July last year, ‘Legal aid lawyers milking pointless appeals', correctly stated that nine out of ten immigration appeals fail at the first stage. We are happy to clarify that, according to the latest statistics, only 35% of all judicial review applications were funded by legal aid, of which 76% were thrown out .

Date Published: 12/02/2014

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