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Gen Y(LAL): a lost generation of legal aid lawyers?

The once revered British legal system now presents some harsh realities, says Gimhani Eriyagolla

10 November 2014

It’s a grim time for legal aid. Which means it’s a grim time for all legal aid lawyers, young and old. Cuts following the implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) in April 2013 and reductions in the fees paid for the work remaining have left lawyers struggling to provide a good quality service to their clients, with fewer opportunities for those wishing to enter the sector.

LASPO removed a wide range of cases from the scope of legal aid including private family law, education (save for special educational needs), debt, immigration and welfare benefits advice.

In prison law, there is no longer funding for treatment, disciplinary proceedings, resettlement and categorisation

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