Criminal defence lawyers in England and Wales could become extinct, the Law Society of England and Wales warned today as it unveiled new data showing a looming crisis in the number of defence solicitors.
The Society understands that in reaction to the new Advocates Graduated Fee Scheme (AGFS) proposed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), certain barristers’ chambers will no longer accept work under the AGFS from 1 April 2018.
Poverty-hit families are being denied vital help to fight eviction, tackle severe housing disrepair and address other life-changing legal issues, the Law Society of England and Wales revealed today.
Research from the University of Loughborough, commissioned by the Law Society, has found that the legal aid means test is preventing families in poverty from accessing justice.
Ahead of the 2018 Spring Statement, the Law Society of England and Wales has put together an assessment on the economic policies needed to ensure that the country remains a world leader in legal services, and to support our justice system.
The Law Society today issued proceedings against the Ministry of Justice to challenge a decision to implement further cuts to legal aid.
The number of domestic abuse victims able to access free legal advice is set to increase after the government relented on excessively strict evidence rules introduced in 2013.
Access to justice is a fundamental principle of democratic societies, which shapes much of our work. Whether it is our work supporting pro bono initiatives, or our campaigning on legal aid deserts, we work tirelessly to ensure the justice system is accessible to all.
A legal challenge has been launched by the Law Society of England and Wales in a bid to halt cuts to fees paid to criminal defence lawyers.
News the government is to relax legal aid restrictions for domestic violence victims is welcome if long overdue, the Law Society of England and Wales president Joe Egan said today.
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The Law Society has launched a new campaign highlighting a looming crisis in the numbers of criminal duty solicitors.
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