Australian study – if you pay criminal legal aid lawyers less, the amount of work they take on reduces (page 3).
Survey of Legal Aid firms said that they were finding it difficult to recruit and retain staff (implying low income was to blame) page 23.
Australian study: fees to legal aid practitioners fell in real terms, and so did the number of legal aid practitioners overall, and those who specialise in it (page 5).
Bar’s response to Best Value Tendering. They like it. They think it’s price competitive tendering (page 3) and will impact on the delivery of the service (page 5).
Brands do not want to jeopardise their name so will not want to delivery poor legal services
Growing number of firms pulling out of offering CLS work – contract regime is unworkable (page 10). 12% decline in the number of legal aid firms (page 11).
if firms want to ditch practice areas by removing partners, then partners have a right to withdraw their capital from the firm – which may cause financial problems (page 72).
Lack of new entrants onto children panel blamed on poor rates of pay for legal aid work (page 19). Reasons for lack of new CP entrants (page 91 onwards). Work is limited, even for panel members (page 97).
Report indicates that solicitors are finding it economically unviable to provide publically funded services (page 8).
Some evidence that firms were withdrawing from CLS contracts – number reduced between 2000 and 2003 (page 31). Suggestion that pay had not kept pace with cost of delivery (pages 31 – 32) Various other reasons for withdrawal cited, as well as pay.
30% of respondents to the YouGov sole practitioners poll said they had added new services, while 45% said they had trained in new areas of law – Page 7
Statistics imply that barristers tend leave the private bar because of uncertainly over future income (page 21). Other reasons for leaving explored on subsequent pages.
Reports that legal aid barristers are facing cuts in income, therefore might not continue to offer this service (page 1). Reports that 80% of family law barristers said they would reduce or axe their involvement in publically funded legal work (page 7) if reforms introduced.
Suggest very large firms are refocusing on highly profitable practice area to maintain high PEP figures (page 16)