Monday 08 April 2013
Over a quarter of legal aid lawyers and advisers could lose their jobs as firms close or cut services, creating 'advice deserts' across the country in the wake of the legal aid cuts, according to a report published last week.
In an online survey of 670 legal aid workers, carried out by Warwick University's Centre for Human Rights in Practice, and website ilegal, 29% of respondents said they are at risk of redundancy. The most experienced specialist advisers and those with over 10 years' experience are most at risk.
The impact will be felt nationwide, but the survey shows that the north of England, the Midlands, the south west and Wales are likely to be disproportionately affected.