Chief justice optimistic but Labour lawyers demand reforms
Interesting read. I work in civil legal advice as a solicitor at a charity, without legal aid. Many people struggle to get legal aid, it takes time to get and even finding a legal aid lawyer is difficult. Legal aid firms complain that what they get doesn't cover their costs. So whatever the plan is, I hope it doesn't involve something like legal aid!
You are absolutely right to highlight Joseph Kelen’s paper. I hope it has been read in HM Treasury. The economic argument should be extended beyond policy justification to the structure of the civil legal aid fund itself. A procurement based system imposing extreme economic burdens on providers cannot solve advice deserts. I set out an alternative approach in
Maybe HM Treasury might look at this too.
Interesting. This isn't the first time that Roger's proposals have been aired on this topic. I thought then, and think now, that while inherently worthy, the proposals were as much a paen to legal aid's past glories as it was to its future prospects. It may well steer a debate. But it will not define it.