Bindmans and Kingsley Napley have taken centre stage in the High Court today, representing the Law Society in a challenge against the proposed government reforms on the tender process for criminal legal aid contracts.
The reforms, which are universally unpopular with both solicitors and barristers, have created a headache for Lord Chancellor Chris Grayling MP, who has had to call a halt to the proposed reforms until a decision is made.
The London Criminal Court Solicitors Association, the Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association and criminal firms Nelson Guest & Partners and Payton’s Solicitors have joined the battle.
With cuts planned to reduce legal aid contracts to a third of its current offering, one thing is certain: they aren’t going down without a fight.
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