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Pushing firms to the wall

With fee cuts and loss of duty work, there will be few criminal 
legal aid firms left by 2015, says Mark Davies

27 September 2013

The Law Society is in an impossible position when it comes to the proposed fee cuts. Trying to please all their members is always a tough task, and never more so than now.

But whatever can be said about these cuts they certainly cannot be described as a victory. Instead they are more like a slow death to the majority of firms that have provided quality legal advice for many years. I’m sure it will be claimed that by client choice remaining it allows firms to carry on providing criminal advice to their clients. This is correct but misleading at the same time. Firms will only really survive in the short term, if at all. There are two reasons for this; the 17.5 per cent cut and the likelihood that the majority of firms will lose that vital stream of revenue realised from duty work.

It will no doubt be argued that cuts had to be made in our industry but why did our fees have to be targeted, aga...

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