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So now we know


On Thursday the Ministry of Justice unveiled its final package of criminal legal aid reforms. And, for all Grayling’s pious platitudes, it stinks.

Grayling is pressing ahead with plans to cut criminal solicitors’ and barristers’ fees, and to introduce a two-tier contracting arrangement.

Staged cuts of 17.5% will be implemented in two phases. The first, of 8.75%, was due to be implemented this month, but has been deferred until after 20 March. The second 8.75% cut will be introduced next spring. Read the full story

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Solicitors’ rebel


A Special General Meeting of the members of the Law Society, will be held on Tuesday 17 December 2013, at 10.30am. to discuss the following motion:

“That the meeting has no confidence in the ability of Nicholas Fluck, President of the Law Society of England and Wales, and Desmond Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society of England and Wales, to properly and effectively represent those members of the Society who undertake publicly funded legal aid work in negotiations with the Lord Chancellor as to the future and extent of criminal legal aid Read the full story

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Law Society Roadshows


“We must face the practical reality. There were going to be cuts. Our agreement is the best available package…However, as a mature professional body we have to work for the best outcome for our members within the boundaries of what is realistically possible.” The words of Desmond Hudson, chief executive of the Law Society, in response to the government’s revised set of proposals for contracting criminal legal aid. Read the full story

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Legal aid cuts to save less than predicted


As the legal aid, sentencing and punishment of offenders bill returns to the House of Lords at committee stage, an independent report from a leading university reveals how the legal aid changes will incur new costs for the taxpayer by simply shifting the burden onto other parts of the public purse.

The King’s College London report ‘Unintended Consequences: the cost of the Government’s Legal Aid Reforms’ was commissioned by the Law Society because of the Ministry of Justice’s reluctance to publish estimates of the knock-on costs of its proposed changes to legal aid policy. Published on Monday, the report shows Read the full story

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