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Lawyers Living Off Legal Aid

Cuts to legal aid are looming and many criminal law solicitors look set to lose their jobs as a result. But do we need so many criminal lawyers? Joshua Rozenberg investigates.

Towards the end of the last parliament, the then Justice Secretary Jack Straw said that England and Wales had too many lawyers trying to make a living from criminal legal aid. His intention was to cut their number by around 70 percent.

As the current government eyes up the legal aid budget for further cuts, Joshua Rozenberg asks whether Mr Straw was right or will plans to put thousands of criminal lawyers out of business lead to an unacceptable decline in standards.

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