In brief: Legal aid for 'wealthy' under scrutiny

The Government has announced plans to tighten the system of legal aid means assessment for the “apparently wealthy”. Responding to a question in the House of Lords last week the Lord Chancellor said he was planning to amend the system after receiving more than 50 responses to his December consultation paper on the subject. He said a “special investigation unit” should be established to handle assessments in both civil and criminal cases where the applicant's financial circumstances are “unusually complex”, and the Legal Aid Board had been invited to advise on the practical aspects of setting the unit up.