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The best legal aid system in the world is slipping through our fingers

Larger firms have a duty to partner with smaller practices to save this valuable part of the legal marketplace, says Russell Conway

1 April 2014

Times are hard for lawyers at the bottom end of the market. They are being stretched by falling revenues, increasing overheads, the costs of technology and the time spent on regulation.

The legal aid sector has had an even worse experience with a real decrease in revenues and many types of work no longer coming within scope.

We are hearing daily horror stories of firms going bust and staff being made redundant,
and it could be the case that things will get worse before
they get better.

I have always taken the view that larger, more profitable
firms owe an obligation to the legal aid sector. Colleagues
whom I met at university have gone on to the City firms and
are earning astonishingly high salaries: £300,00...

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