Yesterday the Bar Council released its preliminary findings on the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012.
The Press Release tells us that 716 people responded to the survey, of which 90% were barristers from a wide range of legal sectors. Not surprisingly, the family courts dominated the survey:
- 88% of respondents who worked within the family courts reported an increase in self-representation.
- 81% of respondents who undertook family legal aid work reported impacts
- 72% of respondents who undertook family legal aid work reported a decrease in case work.
- 69% of respondents who worked as family legal aid practitioners reported a decline in fee income
(These figures have been rounded up by the Bar Council in their press release).
Chairman of the Bar, Nicholas Lavender QC (fragrant name), summed up his view of the findings in his statement, which included the sentiment that:
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