Criminal lawyers in revolt against Law Society

By Neasa MacErlean

18 December 2013 at 09:25 BST

Angry criminal lawyers who depend on legal aid have passed a vote of no confidence in the president and chief executive of the Law Society of England and Wales.

A vote of no confidence in the leaders of the Law Society of England and Wales Gts

But the proposer of the motion, James Parry, a defence lawyer from Liverpool, has no intention to take the vote to a larger ballot of all members of the profession, an option which will remain open to members for the next 28 days. He said: 'We must call the Law Society to account… if we don’t, we face the destruction of the legal aid system and many of our businesses.' he and others are concerned that the Society has not been more effective in negotiating with the Ministry of Justice over Legal Aid. 

Day of action

The Criminal Bar Association is holding a day of action on 6 January to protest at the government's direction on criminal legal aid. The Law Society was urged to join forces for the day by several speakers in the no confidence debate. Source: Legal Futures


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