Rising litigation costs beyond the control of solicitors, says Law Society president
A rise in the volume and complexity of criminal prosecution cases makes further legal aid fee cuts untenable, the Law Society has argued in response to the latest Ministry of Justice consultation.
In 2015/16 £341m was paid under the litigator graduated fee scheme (LGFS), but the MoJ is aiming to return expenditure on the scheme to 2013/14 levels; around £292m.
In its response, Chancery Lane has said that changes to the LGFS for cases in the crown court would impact on access to justice for the vulnerable.
The president of the Law Society, Robert Bour...