Government must urgently address firms’ cashflow problems as the first wave of criminal law firm closures hits the profession, the Law Society said. 

The crisis could precipitate the collapse of criminal legal aid as we know it, warned the Society.

So far, 120 firms have collapsed because of the covid-19 crisis and more are expected.

Before the pandemic, there were already 124 fewer criminal legal aid firms than last year. 

The Society has demanded that the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) urgently address firms’ cashflow issues by adjusting how the Legal Aid Agency pays for work; immediately reversing the previous cut of 8.75% for criminal legal aid; and giving business rate relief for fi...

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