'Biggest boost' to criminal legal aid lawyers’ pay 'in decades'

The government has today (Wednesday 30 November) announced reforms which it said will provide “the biggest boost” to criminal legal aid lawyers’ pay “in decades”.

The reforms are part of the second phase of the response to the independent review on criminal legal aid.

The government has announced an additional £11m for expert fees to eventually be paid each year, on top of an extra £85m for solicitors and £43m for barristers in legal aid payments to “ensure long-term sustainability for the sector”.

Changes include £16m to raise the lowest fees paid to solicitors in police stations – which the government says is “the first step”...

Suzanne Townley
News Editor
Solicitors Journal

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