Chief executive of the Law Society Des Hudson
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Legal aid changes 'would hit poor', says Law Society

5 March 2012 Last updated at 22:21 GMT

Labour has called on the government to accept changes made to the legal aid bill, after ministers suffered three defeats in the House of Lords.

Peers backed an amendment urging the protection of victims of domestic violence from funding cuts, and others on access to services and appointing a new official overseeing the system.

The coalition wants to save £350m from the Ministry of Justice budget by 2015.

Chief Executive of the Law Society, Des Hudson, explains what the government's changes would mean if passed.