Civil Legal Aid Scope Cuts Announced
The 14th February 2011 could become a modern day, Valentine Day's Massacre of the Legal Aid Scheme.
It has major implications for Access to Justice and yet again undermines the sustainability of Legal Aid law firms.
A lot of work is taken out of scope of legal aid entirely and that which remains will be subject to 10% cuts in fees paid.
Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, has announced proposals for radical scope cuts in Civil Legal Aid.
The aim is to provide legal aid only if life and liberty are at risk.
The proposals, which will be open for consultation until 14th Feb 2011, could wipe out up to £350m in fees from the revenue of legal aid firms.