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21 January 2013

Almost a third of family legal aid firms ‘consider pulling out’


More than 31 per cent of legal aid practices are considering pulling out of publicly funded work, a survey of 2,000 firms by the Law Society and LSB has revealed, the Solicitors Journal reports.

Family firms are leading the way, with a third saying they intend to withdraw from legal aid compared to 20 per cent of those offering welfare benefits advice or 17.5 per cent of housing practices.

Although criminal legal aid has been spared from competitive tendering on price, 14 per cent of firms said they were contemplating pulling out.

Only seven per cent of firms offering publicly funded employment advice and less than five per cent of those working on medical negligence cases said they intended to withdraw. Of the firms that said they were pulling out of legal aid, 31 per cent said they had already started.