LGFS Consultation – Crime Solicitors to Act Quickly – Deadline 24th March 2017

The MOJ has now launched a consultation into the LGFS Fees for the Crown Court . This consultation proposes a cut on the PPE threshold  ( page count ) from 10000 to 6000 . In addition where solicitors are currently paid by the Court at Private Rates for Court appointed cross examination it is suggested this would be reduced now to legal aid rates .

This will represent ,in some of the most serious and sensitive cases ,  a very substantial reduction at a time when on an independent view of the market the cuts are wholly unnecessary .

In addition the follows on the heels of the AGFS Scheme proposals which see for example QC’s being paid an increased of 10% in the most serious cases at the expense of the Junior Bar and Solicitor Advocates .

The Law Society and the Professional Representative Bodies the CSLA and LCCSA are united in their strong opposition .

It is vital all solicitors respond to the consultation whether or not you consider today you may be affected by these cuts .

Local Practitioners might want to meet to discuss next steps as this is one attack on the profession too many .

In the meantime if any local member have points or issues they want considering they are asked to pass them to Mark Newby who sits on the Criminal Law Committee at the Law Society .

Access the Consultation Here : https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/litigators-graduated-fees-scheme-and-court-appointees

Access the Law Society Campaign Page including the Oxford Economics independent Report here : https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/news/press-releases/criminal-solicitors-simply-cannot-afford-to-absorb-any-further-cuts/

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