Legal-aid changes problematic

Doing away with the demand-led legal aid system would be riven with practical problems, according to Law Society President Charles Elly in a speech. He warned that the need for legal advice did not fit a predictable pattern, as concern grows that the Lord Chancellor's imminent green paper on legal aid might seek to cap the legal aid fund. “Less deserving applications may be granted at the end of the year if there is a surplus or, conversely, more deserving ones turned down where there is a deficit,” he said.