Barristers stage mass protest at legal aid cuts

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  • Perhaps if we stopped allowing Legal Aid funding to be used for ridiculous cases (I vaguely remember a case reported in the papers where prisoners were suing because their human rights were infringed by breakfast being late) there would be adequate funding where genuinely needed.

    Rather than averaging up and bunching all the legal profession together, do some work and attempt to ascertain why specific lawyers/barristers are making in excess of £500k.

    If you lower the fees, those at the top will still manage to get the fees while those at the bottom will struggle. Put the effort in to routing out the ones who take advantage rather than penalising the ones who are genuine and do not 'play the system'.

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  • These Barristers are self employed - so while they are not working whilst on strike - they are not earning - therefore money saved ... whats the problem - job done!

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  • The reduction in Legal Aid is actually only the tip of the iceberg on this for most barristers. The billing system was changed about a year ago and the Legal Aid Board, as it then was, claimed that they could not pay unpaid bills in the old system until they had the new system up and running. Meanwhile, barristers were still taxable on the bills that they had submitted, from submission, so not only did the Government not have to pay them for their work, they could tax them for it! Now they have been driven to strike, so their tax is still due but the Government, once again, doesn't have to pat them but can still tax them- its a brilliant system, who says the British sense of fair play is dead?

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  • Cutting Legal Aid will deprive many people of their right to fair and equal representation. Improve the system by all means, but I support the Barristers and not the cuts in legal aid.

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