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Lawyers walk out in protest at legal aid cuts

image001.jpg24 June, 2014 Camden New Journal  By ROBBIE SMITH

LAWYERS walked out of their Camden offices to protest against legal aid cuts.

Gathering around the statue of Richard Cobden in Camden High Street, solicitors held banners and signs saying that recent government reforms undermine the rule of law.
Staff at Birnberg Peirce and Lewis Nedas were joined by the Camden branch of Women Against Rape at the demonstration.

Sally Middleton, a solicitor for Birnberg Peirce, based in Inverness Street, said: “There’s a huge amount of oppo¬sition. This is very much about what we should have in a fair society – everybody should have access to justice and legal aid, it shouldn’t just be the rich.”

The protest last Monday was part of a nationwide day of action organised by Justice Alliance, a group of legal organisations, charities, campaigning groups, and trade unions formed in opposition to Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

Ms Middleton added: “We’re protesting against the Grayling cuts, some of which have already come in and some of which have been proposed and which are going to prevent access to justice for whole swathes of the community. Here in Camden the climate means that it is going to be very difficult for anybody to survive the cuts.”

Smaller, independent law firms are particularly threatened by the changes as the government plans to reduce the number of firms allowed to undertake “duty work”, which includes providing legal representation for people in police stations.

The government implemented £320million worth of cuts to the annual budget for civil cases last year and slashed a further £215m to criminal legal aid this year.

The protest was organised to coincide with the 799th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta.