A young member of the Bar ponders on the future of the Criminal Justice system should Grayling get his way .
This is not fantasy, it mirrors precisely the dangers that the public will be exposed to.
We should not, and will not, let up on our campaign
It all really went wrong for me overnight. A major supermarket chain bid for the West London criminal legal aid tender. They won. They undercut my regular solicitors massively.
My two biggest instructing solicitors were raided overnight. All the junior solicitors were given contracts, promised shares and double nectar points. Of the partners, a couple took judicial appointments, one even joined the CPS, the rest retired, one even runs a pub now apparently.
I was lucky that a couple of the firms were bought up and their outstanding bills were paid. It was a little like being given a redundancy payment. I put in a special account at the bank, I didn’t really know when I’d see any money again.
Meanwhile in Chambers
In Chambers things were a shambles. The QCs patrolled the corridors, telling people to maintain the status quo and that diaries would never empty.
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