In response to the Ministry of Justice Legal aid reforms, Cartwright King’s Managing Director Rupert Hawke has described the reform as an
‘unprecedented tragedy for access to justice, and a sad day for the legal profession & legal aid firms across the country’.
He continued ‘Justice Secretary Chris Grayling states that he has “spoken at length with solicitors and barristers about these reforms and listened closely to their views”. He may have listened, but it appears that he has not acted upon or heeded warnings that his actions will completely undermine the criminal justice system this country has proudly had for hundreds of years’.
Cartwright King has invested heavily in systems and IT infrastructure and will continue to offer a quality service to clients into the future, despite what will be very difficult trading conditions.
The government will be introducing an 8.75% cut to all fees starting in just 3 weeks time, with a further reduction next year. The reform also only offers a minimal amount of duty contracts available to firms who meet certain quality criteria in each geographic area.
Cartwright King still stands firmly against the cuts to legal aid.