Dutton: 'LSC plan will create 2nd-class system'
Bar Council chairman Timothy Dutton QC has warned that a "second-class system" could result from new legal aid reforms being proposed by the Legal Services Commission (LSC). Speaking in Vienna today (1 February) at the 36th conference of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which this year focuses on access to justice, Dutton warned that changes designed to lower costs by requiring practitioners to bid for blocks of criminal work could create a second-class system for legal aid work.
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