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Work for free? The legal profession needs to channel its inner Taylor Swift

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26 June 2015

It's taken a short while for the recently installed justice secretary to get to grips with the challenges he will face in office, but oh, how he has come out fighting.

Laying down the law like only a Lord Chancellor can, Michael Gove has drawn a line in the sand that he now intends to set in concrete and use as a firm foundation to demolish whatever may be within arm's reach, starting with more court closures, courtroom inefficiency, and 'snowdrifts of paper'. But this is only the start.

Although, for now, we are assured that there are no plans to cut legal aid further, this cannot be ruled out. So how does Gove propose the gaps already created by cuts should be filled? By lawyers working for free, of course.

Before you dismiss that as an idle threat, be warned that plans for a 'lawyers levy' have already been drafted. Giving his first pu...

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