Small high street firms and law centres are at great risk from the effects of covid-19 restrictions, MPs have warned.

The justice committee has published a report on the impact of covid-19 on the legal professions from 16 March to 30 June 2020 and urged government to take action.

The committee said that the government’s financial support “cannot compensate for the significant drop-off in the amount of work being done and remove the risk of a collapse in legal services providers”.

It noted that legal aid firms were already under stress before covid-19 but acknowledged that the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) has made helpful changes, including making it easier to claim interim and hardship payments and aligning ...

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