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Felix | A long game

Lawyers need to take a leaf out of the Murray Manual and keep pushing back against the lord chancellor's drive to push quality out of legal aid, says Felix

10 July 2013

As I write Andy Murray has just won Wimbledon. On a golden afternoon with the nation glued to its collective sofa he has been roared home as a worthy champion, applauded in public by a wide cross-section of celebs who I had not realised were quite such tennising officianados. And what a difference a year makes. Last year Sue Barker was inflicting torture on the man before the nation's very sofas, asking crashingly obvious questions of a man who was barely able to contain his grief. If it had been a Crown Court 
trial the judge would have stopped it as being oppressive.

Criminal justice lawyers were celebrating their own little victory too. Chris Grayling has admitted defeat in a significant first to allow an element of choice under the new scheme he is so keen on. A good first step. We shall take a leaf out of the Murray Manual and keep coming back so that we 
too can defeat these iniquitous and catastrophic proposals.

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