Is the Law Society in a no-win situation when it comes to challenging the Government over legal aid cuts?
Yesterday more than 500 lawyers gathered at Chancery Lane to pass a vote of no confidence in its management, complaining that the negotiations with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) over budget cuts had been, at best, poor.
It is the first time Law Society members have rebelled with such force, and leaves Chancery Lane pondering its position over what would otherwise by a couple of festive weeks.
And where does this leave lawyers in the City, a contingency that is rarely thought of when legal aid is discussed but as recent stories show, have strong opinions on the matter? With the MoJ continuing to put forward its case for legal aid cuts and the Law Society weakened, it’s time for lawyers at the biggest and richest firms to decide which side of the fence they are on.
Also on TheLawyer.com:
- After holding the top spot for two consecutive years, Linklaters has fallen into 13th placein the 2013 UK M&A rankings
- E-commerce start-up Powa Technologies has turned to internet giant Yahoo for the hire of senior in-houser Manu Kanwaras chief legal officer
- And, the year will be remembered for redundancies and consolidation, as firms looked to cut costs and reduce overheads. The Lawyer takes a look back at what has been a transformative year