Legal Aid Concerns: Silks sign Telegraph letter

Legal Aid Concerns: Silks sign Telegraph letter


On 29 May the Daily Telegraph and Times published a letter signed by 90 QCs expressing concern about the Government’s proposals to restrict legal aid for judicial review cases. These proposals come just days after the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 – itself limiting availability of legal aid for judicial review and other cases – came into force. The letter points out that “access to judicial review is essential to the rule of law” and urges the Government to withdraw its proposals. Nine of Thirty Nine Essex Street’s silks were among the signatories, all experienced public law practitioners who have over the years represented individuals, businesses and public bodies on all sides of judicial review proceedings.

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