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Family analysis: What can be learned from the Justice Select Committee's report into the impact of the reforms to civil legal aid? Elspeth Thomson, a family and children law specialist and managing partner at David Gray Solicitors LLP, points out that the changes in the legal aid market have a knock-on effect in the rest of the legal market as legal aid firms are forced to diversify.
Government failed its civil legal aid objectives
Civil legal aid cuts by the government had not targeted the most needy and failed to discourage unnecessary litigation, the Justice Committee stated. Its report stated while the government had achieved its aim of reducing the civil legal aid budget, it could not show the taxpayer it was delivering better value for money.
What are the key findings of this report in relation to access to legal aid?
The key findings are:
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