What was behind the recent lawyers’ strike?

Thousands of criminal barristers walked off the job this week in protest at changes to legal aid. What is the dispute about? Simon Wilson reports.

What’s happened?

Thousands of criminal barristers boycotted the courts of England and Wales on Monday morning in an unprecedented walkout – which the lawyers insisted, for legal reasons, was not a ‘strike’.

The barristers are angry at the government’s extra £220m of cuts to the £2bn legal aid budget: tightening the means test for claiming it, withdrawing aid from prisoners, encouraging cheaper justice via mediation, and – crucially – cutting lawyer’s fees by [...]

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