In the Media, Legal Aid

Law diary: Legal aid cuts protest

PUBLISHED July 1, 2015

Michael Gove may have got off to a sure start but he won’t escape the anger of the profession over legal aid cuts. Protests across the country got under way yesterday over the 8.7 per cent cut in fees — the second in 15 months. Firms in cities such as Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Derby have pledged to refuse new legal aid work until the Ministry of Justice reverses the cuts. So criminal trials may stall. In London and Manchester firms will continue to carry out duty solicitor work at police stations, acting for suspects who have been arrested. “We

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