Barristers’ fees slashed in Government squeeze on legal aid bill
"Defence barristers face swingeing cuts of up to 25 per cent in their fees under government moves to freeze the £2 billion annual legal aid bill. Payments for some expert witnesses giving their opinions in cases will also fall by up to 20 per cent in an attempt to reduce a £192 million-a-year bill.
"Duty solicitors offering advice at some police stations will lose out as the Ministry of Justice targets legal aid in a drive to reduce the overall departmental budget by £1 billion over the next three years.
"Barristers reacted with anger to the proposals, accusing the Government of planning to scrap rates of pay set out only two years ago by Lord Carter of Coles in his review of legal aid. They warned that it would lead to a second-rate service for the public with lawyers deserting criminal law for more lucrative work in other areas of the law."
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"Barristers’ fees slashed in Government squeeze on legal aid bill", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2009. Consulté le 04/03/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/barristers-fees-slashed-in-government-squeeze-on-legal-aid-bill