In the Media

Fat-cat lawyers in dock for soaring costs of legal aid

PUBLISHED July 28, 2004

Barristers and solicitors working on just six criminal trials cost the taxpayer a quarter of the legal aid budget for the Crown Court last year, a committee of MPs reported yesterday. They warned ministers that unless the Government took action against these high-cost cases, the legal aid budget, now standing at £1bn, would spiral out of control.