The legal aid battle at Chancery Lane
Law Society bosses feel the heat as profession demands more action against cuts
Solicitors normally treat their professional body with utter ambivalence. So when some 500 of them swarmed into the Law Society’s London headquarters in Chancery Lane at the end of last year, something must have been up.
For the most part, they were jobbing criminal law specialists frothing at what they say has been a policy of appeasement adopted by the society’s leadership towards the Government’s proposed hacking of the legal aid budget. Lawyers on the ground – both solicitors and barristers – reckon the cuts will profoundly threaten core elements of the criminal justice system and that the Law Society has been negligent in its opposition.