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The lawyers are revolting!

Will solicitors and barristers join forces in industrial action after Gove protects advocacy fees from cuts?

26 June 2015

If you listened very carefully last week you might have heard the soft but distinct clink of champagne flutes as incumbent and former Lord Chancellors toasted their success at having once again divided lawyers over legal aid.

Michael Gove is, by all accounts, an incredibly intelligent man, but his decision to save barristers from cuts to advocacy fees - while continuing to hack away at solicitors' - was Chris Grayling at his best. If Gove had been able to employ the same tactic against teachers while education secretary, he may still be at the Department for Education and not head of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

Now legal aid lawyers find themselves between a rock and a hard place as they try to, once again, decide upon their next move. On the one hand there are the combative leaders of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors' Association (LCCSA) and the Criminal Law Solicitors' Associat...

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