TITLE

Series of fraud trial blunders sparks plans to cut legal aid

AUTHOR(S)
Robins, Jon
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
Lawyer;9/12/2005, Vol. 19 Issue 35, p76
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the plans of British Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer to cut the legal aid in view of over-timed and over-budgeted complex criminal fraud trials. In a letter to the Law Society, he opined that financial situation within the Department for Constitutional Affairs is such that he must take steps to reduce spending. As a result, he proposes to cut the differential rates that silks and top solicitors have enjoyed in cases over 10 days. Lord Falconer is proposing a series of pay cuts in serious and very high-cost cases. The one that is going to hurt practitioners most is the plan to reduce the level of enhancement payable to solicitors in fraud cases from 200 per cent to 100 per cent.
ACCESSION #
18345903

 

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