A Liberal Democrat peer has indicated there could be ?major changes? to the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill during its passage through the House of Lords.

Lord Phillips of Sudbury, a former solicitor, said the majority of cross bench and Labour peers, along with some on the government benches, are ?highly critical? of the bill?s legal aid provisions. The bill aims to save ?350m a year by removing legal aid for vast areas of law.

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