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Falconer to crack down on criminal legal aid

PUBLISHED July 6, 2005

The lord chancellor yesterday signalled reforms to the legal aid system to tackle soaring spending on criminal cases, which saw one barrister receive £1.6m in payments for the years 2002 to 2004.

Lord Falconer announced the appointment of the Whitehall troubleshooter Lord Carter of Coles to consider a complete shake-up in the payment system, including the possibility of introducing competitive bidding between lawyers for legal aid cases.