The clients of a legal aid lawyer have recreated a John Lennon and Yoko Ono magazine cover to support her fight to keep her practice.

Yvonne Hossack has dedicated her legal career to helping vulnerable people and, in particular, is known for her work on behalf of care home residents facing eviction. She's acted for over 2,000 clients, saved care homes from closure and taken cases to Strasbourg. But it's not been an easy ride: her firm has lost over £100,000 in the last year and she's been fighting a battle against the Legal Services Commission which refused Hossack's application for a legal aid contract (citing incorrectly filled out forms).

Therefore former clients Roger Kinsey, 66, and his wife Chris, 58 - whose disabled daughter was represented by Hossack - have decided to draw some attention to her plight by recreating Lennon and Ono's 1968 Rolling Stone cover. Explaining their decision to get their kit off to the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph the couple said "we were young and full of hope for the future when this magazine cover was released and now....we are saddened that vulnerable people are facing huge cuts in services."

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Kudos to the Kinseys for having the cojones to bare all, but whether it will have any effect on Hossack's future is unclear. Having been granted permission to apply for judicial review of the LSC's decision, she's currently awaiting the High Court's decision on whether her legal aid contracts will be reinstated.
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Anonymous 07 October 11 11:52

I think you mean Strasbourg and cojones. Keep up the good work though, I look forward to the weekly update.

Anonymous 11 October 11 09:29

not sure they'll be able to keep going even if they do get a contract. Presumably the losses were made whilst operating under the old system. Given that the new system has almost universally cut fees, I'd consider joining the circus frankly.