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If Gove gets his way the public will have to rely on the kindness of lawyers

The Lord Chancellor has astutely turned the tables on the public debate over legal aid

23 June 2015

'Can I make a suggestion?' came the voice from the back of DLA Piper's conference room. 'Can we take this report and bury it so deep that the government never finds it?'

The anonymous solicitor was, of course, making reference to a Law Society report that detailed the amount of pro bono work undertaken by the solicitor profession over the previous 12 months.

The fear of many in the room on that sunny November morning was how the report could be used to demand more of the profession. After all, if some 42 per cent of solicitors had undertaken an estimated £601m in pro bono work, then was there really a need for the taxpayer to fund the legal claims of others?

To anyone with even half a brain ...

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