Solicitor Welcomes Legal U turn

The announcement today that ministers have offered a concession in the overhaul of legal aid in England and Wales, which will allow defendants in criminal cases to choose their own solicitor, has been welcomed by many professionals across the sector. David Adams, Criminal Solicitor at PCB Solicitors, explains why this is a positive step for the sector and he hopes the government will continue to listen to feedback from legal professionals.
“The Criminal Justice System is certainly not perfect, and there are undoubtedly areas of inefficiency where the government could save money. It is clear to me, that the best way to identify where money can be saved is to work closely with practitioners and those who work in the justice system. I am pleased to see that the Government has eventually taken on board some of the feedback that has been offered by many professionals. I hope this is a step in the right direction and that they continue to do this in order to create a system which is fair for everyone.
“The value and importance of achieving justice should remain at the forefront of the government’s thinking, as it considers the way in which it can make sustainable and lasting reforms. A short-term and short-sighted plan to try and save money immediately could have a very detrimental effect upon the whole of the criminal justice system, as well as those that work with in it and those that are affected by it.”

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