Barristers report legal aid caseload nose-dive
A survey of barristers undertaken by the Bar Council found that just over 65 per cent undertook less family legal aid work and around 55 per cent undertook less work in civil legal aid. Just over 61 per cent reported that there was an increase in members of the public expressing difficulty in accessing legal advice and representation.
The findings formed the centrepiece of a report on the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act 2012 that was published last month. The report highlights barristers’ concerns about the adverse impact of the LASPO Act on the public’s ability to access advice and representation to enforce their legal rights.