A welcome delay

The news that the Lord Chancellor's Department (LCD), is having second thoughts about aspects of the Civil and Legal Aid reforms will be welcomed by all concerned. From the beginning, it was agreed by the key players (except the LCD) that the April deadline was unrealistic.

All those engaged in dialogue with the LCD felt that there was simply not enough research available to back up such momentous changes.

It is all very well blaming the legal profession for its lack of enthusiasm. Lawyers are an easy target and are undoubtedly cynical about government intentions, particularly as all seems to be happening in such a hurry. The onus is on the LCD to make the reforms work.

The delay should provide some reassurance that the Government is at least considering the issues.