Last aid: lawyers unite to fight cuts proposed in the latest UK justice system reform

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  • Mr Gearty has written a very concise article and the ramifications are well understood by us legal aid lawyers on the front line. Question: how does a non-lawyer, politically ambitious attack dog like Grayling even want to understand the consequences to the Rule of Law? We need all lawyers to unite to spell this out. Our democracy is at stake - that's all folks.

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  • Get over yourselves, seriously. Why should the entire country subsidise the criminal wing of the profession? Man up and hack it in the private sector like the rest of us instead of begging for state assistance.

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  • Anon @ 1:14 - Well done for displaying a previously unknown level of ignorance. What's the one thing that drives the private sector? Incentive. So please, then, explain to me the incentive for criminal defence lawyers in defending (alleged) criminals (not the most solvent of people, I'm told)? Do you have a problem with publicly funding the CPS too, then? I'm afraid crime is very much a PUBLIC issue

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  • Enforcement and prosecution is a public issue. Defence is pretty personal last time I looked. How about getting fee paying clients? Incentivises the rest of us quite nicely

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