Hundreds set to attend protest meeting over legal aid cuts

Hundreds of barristers, solicitors and law students are due to meet to discuss opposition to proposed legal aid cuts. Legal professionals who say the plans represent a "grave threat" to justice and will come together at a protest event at Lincoln's Inn in London. They say cuts are "unnecessary" and a "false economy". The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) says it is vital to cut the legal aid scheme, which it says will be "very generous" even after the changes. The meeting has been organised by the Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales. It fears the government's proposals will hit vulnerable people who are in need of legal representation. Continue reading the main story “ Start Quote The greatest victims would be the public interest and the society which we seek to serve” Nicholas Lavender QC Chairman of the Bar Nicholas Lavender QC, chairman of the Bar Council, said: "This is a vital opportunity to demonstrate that the whole profession stands together in support of the rule of law and access to justice.