Funding will increase should go additional to safe sustainability of the legal justice system

In the present day (30 June), the UK authorities introduced an preliminary 9% enhance to legal authorized assist charges for solicitors will come into power from September this yr, with the likelihood for additional will increase because the session on legal authorized assist concludes within the autumn.

“In the present day’s announcement means among the lengthy fought-for fee rises are locked in and members will start to learn from these greater charges. However this have to be the muse for additional will increase and never the ceiling,” stated Legislation Society of England and Wales president I. Stephanie Boyce.

“These first-stage adjustments are welcome, with some fee will increase set to be in place as early as September. The following steps can be to make sure our members see the total 15% fee enhance advisable by the impartial assessment of legal authorized assist. We additionally hope to see the Crown Courtroom scheme reformed.

“As a way to safe the sustainability of the occupation, to assist deal with the massive backlog in our courts and to make sure well timed justice for victims and defendants, the federal government wants to make sure all components of the legal justice system are correctly funded.

“We welcome the announcement that the federal government is extending the scope of fee for pre-charge engagement. That is one thing we’ve got lengthy referred to as for,” added I. Stephanie Boyce.

“We’re eager to proceed to work intently with the Ministry of Justice and the Bar on design of an advisory board for legal authorized assist, which was advisable by the assessment.”

Notes to editors

  • See the authorities announcement and assertion
  • The variety of companies doing legal defence work has roughly halved within the final 15 years. As of March 2022, there have been simply 1,058 companies holding a legal authorized assist contract in contrast with 2,010 in October 2007. See the yearly figures and the March determine
  • Solely 4% of obligation solicitors are aged beneath 35 and 81% of junior attorneys who responded to a Legislation Society survey stated legal legislation will not be a pretty long-term profession. See the heatmaps and survey outcomes

In regards to the Legislation Society

The Legislation Society is the impartial skilled physique that works globally to assist and characterize solicitors, selling the best skilled requirements, the general public curiosity and the rule of legislation.

Press workplace contact: Nick Mayo | 020 8049 4100

Supply hyperlink