Legal aid is in transformation, says minister Vara

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  • Why should anyone work with you when you act without consideration of and in advance of actually reading any of the consultation responses submitted-CBA have found the saving you require without attacking hardworking barristers families.

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  • ...so go mad and actually present a case for cuts and consolidation.

    To date we have seen arbitrary initiatives. Why is consolidation better? What evidence is there that big firms will deliver acceptable service levels as well as savings? Justify the percentages - why is 17.5% the correct value? What happens to the supplier base when 8,000 duty solicitors are sacked?

    The evidence we have is a worry. Small firms appear to be sustainable, flexible and efficient. Big firms looks wobbly right now because they are inefficient and wasteful. There is no economy of scale in this industry, its not yet been demonstrated.

    Oh, and while you are at it, you may want to justify your assertion that by listening you changed from "contracts on the basis of quality rather than price". The price model was unlawful and we had to take you to court before you would drop it. Thats not listening thats making a mistake and then spinning the U turn.

    Go on, go mad, persuade me the cuts are needed when economists around the world are telling us these cuts will have long term detrimental effects. Present the evidence then perhaps we can have a proper chat.

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