Legal aid

Years of underinvestment have brought the justice system to its knees. Victims, defendants and witnesses are suffering the consequences while hardworking solicitors are forced out of the sector. Our fight for properly funded legal aid and access to justice is part of our advocacy work on the issues you’ve told us matter most.

Our president, Nick Emmerson, met with lord chancellor Alex Chalk on Monday 29 April: “We had a constructive meeting with the lord chancellor following our judicial review victory in January.

“The lord chancellor has agreed to closely engage with us further, following the government’s original decision not to increase criminal defence solicitors’ legal aid rates by the independent review recommended 15%, as we seek to secure a sustainable funding model for the sector. We made clear the urgency of making a decision as quickly as possible."

The image shows the top of the main entrance to the Royal Court of Justice in London.
The image shows the top of the main entrance to the Royal Court of Justice in London.

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Map showing areas of England and Wales with 6 of fewer housing legal aid providers (March 2023) - most of the map is red or orange to show a shortage or desert
Map showing areas of England and Wales with 6 of fewer housing legal aid providers (March 2023) - most of the map is red or orange to show a shortage or desert

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