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Is the MoJ robbing from the rich?

Proposals to tax law firms will not plug the gap in the justice system, says Kevin Poulter

30 October 2015

Halloween costumes may now be purchased at a discount, but Michael Gove's apparent penchant for stockings appears to have aligned him with the fictional woodland terrorist Robin Hood.

Back in June, the newly elected Lord Chancellor introduced the idea of the 'lawyers levy' in his first speech as justice secretary, suggesting the country's leading law firms 'who have benefited financially from our legal culture need to invest in its roots'.

Whether this was the governmental equivalent
of robbing from the rich
was initially uncertain, and clarification at the time that 'more could - and should - be done by the most successful
in the legal profession to help protect access to justice for all' didn't really help.

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