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Three partners from Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors this morning attended an emergency meeting at Liverpool Law Society together with other criminal law practitioners from across Liverpool and the Wirral to discuss the latest changes to the criminal legal aid system.
At the meeting it was unanimously agreed to reject the government's proposed changes and refuse to bid for the new contracts. This move was not taken lightly and reflects the strength of feeling amongst legal professionals about the Government's proposed changes to criminal legal aid.
As Criminal Law Solicitors, we are concerned that the proposals will severely affect public access to a proper legal defence if they have been accused of a crime, and will unfairly disadvantage vulnerable individuals within our communities and indeed anyone unable to afford to pay for their own legal defence.
For more information on how the proposed changes to legal aid in criminal cases might affect you, read our article from 24th April.