Landmark Legal aid cases that might not be taken today

A recent Guardian newspaper article provides an overview of four landmark legal aid cases that lawyers believe might not be taken up today, due to the government’s efforts to cut the legal aid bill by £350m a year – hugely reducing funding of legal aid. Lawyers fees for criminal law have been cut significantly and large areas of civil law are now too costly for many legal practices to take on. The result, say many lawyers, will be an ever greater likelihood of miscarriages of justice.

The cases explored are:

  1. The Stephen Lawrence case
  2. The Hillsborough victims
  3. The Gurkhas
  4. Daniel Roque Hall

The article can be viewed here: Howard, E. ‘Four landmark legal cases that might not be taken today’, The Guardian, 25 September, 2014.

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