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Vanessa Bailey believes in the liberalisation of legal services and advised on best-value tendering policy, but she has doubts over governments methods of implementation

24 April 2013

Unlike many commentators of the government's proposals to introduce competition to the Criminal Legal Aid market, I have become convinced that price competition is the best route available to deliver a sustainable supply of criminal defence services. Having led the policy development of best value tendering (BVT) in 2009-2011, I am fully aware that this is not a popular view among the profession. My conclusions have been reached from a public good perspective - that is ensuring access to the right advice and representation for the right cost to the tax-payer.

That is, however, one of the few points of convergence between my views and those proposed in the recent consultation paper. At a principle level, what the government is attempting to achieve is difficult to argue against; making much needed savings in public expenditure, increasing efficiency and boosting public confidence in the criminal justice system are all laudable aims - but the proposals on how these aims wi...

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