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04 May 18

Criminal Bar Considering “No Returns” Policy

May 4, 2018 | By |

Further to a decision by the Criminal Bar Association not to accept any new legal aid criminal work from 1 April 2018, it is understood that they are now considering a “No Returns” Policy, which was last adopted in 2015 and would mean Counsel refusing to accept cases returned by colleagues where there is a diary clash.  This suggestion comes against growing concerns amongst legal aid solicitors and barristers regarding the government’s Graduated Fee Scheme, which has been in force since 1 April 2018.  For further detail and comments, click here.