Partners fear MoJ cuts will lead to 'brain drain' from publicly-funded work
The overwhelming majority of partners at commercial law firms believe Ministry of Justice (MoJ) plans to cut £350m from its annual legal aid budget will lead to a ‘brain drain’ of talented lawyers from publicly-funded work. Just under half of partners responding to Legal Week’s Big Question survey said the scale of cuts will lead to a considerable brain drain from a sector already contending with low billing rates, with 8% claiming they will have an enormous impact and a further 40% saying they will make a small contribution to lawyers moving away from publicly-funded work.
Partners predict an exodus from publicly-funded work as the MoJ plans to cut £350m from the legal aid budget but are split over whether cuts are justified. Friederike Heine reports
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