Legal aid

UN report: Legal aid ‘decimated’ in England and Wales as poverty rises

Declining access to legal aid in England and Wales has been highlighted in a United Nations report on the UK, which describes the budget as having been "decimated".

Published 22 May 2019

Law Society calls for ‘wider reform’ following legal aid fee increase

The Law Society of Scotland has called on the Scottish government to pursue "a package of wider reform" following a three per cent increase in legal aid fees.

Published 29 April 2019

Fee increase for legal aid lawyers comes into effect today

All solicitors and advocates who provide people with advice and representation through the legal aid scheme in Scotland will receive a three per cent increase in fees from today.

Published 26 April 2019

Exclusive: Scottish government will not reverse 2011 cuts to legal aid fees

The Scottish government had no intention to reverse cuts to the legal aid budget made in 2011, contrary to claims made by the Edinburgh Bar Association (EBA) that these savings were meant to be temporary, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf stated as he announced an impending consultation with the profession on the simplification of criminal fees.

Published 24 April 2019

Cinema adverts to highlight impact of budget cuts on criminal justice

The impact of budget cuts on the criminal justice system in England and Wales is set to be highlighted in cinemas across the UK in a new advert for The Secret Barrister's book.

Published 4 April 2019

Evisceration of legal aid budget leaves Wales an advice desert

Swingeing cuts to legal aid have had a devastating effect on parts of Wales, with some towns having no law centres or legal aid lawyers, The Guardian reports.

Published 27 March 2019

Solicitors invited to help research into legal aid for victims of discrimination in Scotland

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has invited solicitors to contribute to a research project looking at whether legal aid for discrimination cases provides effective access to justice for people who have suffered discrimination in Scotland.

Published 15 March 2019

Lawyers asked to advise on future of legal aid

Academics, advocates and solicitors to advise on approach to reviewing legal aid fees.

Published 8 March 2019

Exclusive: Hidden impact of presumption against 12-month sentences – access to justice curbed and extension may apply to sentences of up to 18 months

The Scottish government's plans to introduce a presumption against prison sentences of 12 months or less would, in practice, apply to sentences of anywhere up to 18 months where a guilty plea is tendered early enough and would limit access to justice as declining summary business shrinks the pool of criminal legal aid solicitors yet further – due to years of inadequate funding.

Published 15 February 2019

Law firm funder aiming to fill legal aid gap raises £100m

A law firm funder which in part aims to fill the gap left by swingeing cuts to legal aid has raised £100 million in finance.

Published 21 January 2019