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Criminal Practitioner Association could represent the ‘hard stick’ in negotiations with the government on criminal legal aid.


Earlier this month, Edward Henry QC set up a poll on Twitter asking solicitors and barristers if they would join a ‘Criminal Practitioner Association’ that would ‘negotiate what’s right on your behalf, for fair financial compensation, reasonable working hours and the mitigation of regulatory burdens’.

The poll, which was prompted by the news that a young barrister who showed ‘undoubted promise’ was leaving the criminal bar to do family work, would represent the interests of both solicitors and barrister and provide a ‘hard stick’ in negotiations with the government on criminal legal aid.

‘We have got to do something differently,’ says Edward Henry QC. ‘I’m asking for a debate and try and develop a community so that criminal practitioners, individuals, can coalesce and act in concert.’

The poll closes next week.

The article can be viewed in full on The Law Society Gazette website.


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