In brief: LCD takes an interest in law centres

Geoff Hoon, parliamentary secretary at the Lord Chancellor's department, has made his first visit to a law centre since taking office. He spent two hours talking to staff at Chesterfield Law Centre. Darrell Alvey, chair of the centre's management committee, said Hoon had appeared impressed with the work the centre did. “We hope that this will influence the government when it conducts its review into civil justice and legal aid reforms to recognise the importance of law centres,” he added.