“What we, and our colleagues at the bar do is done not for the money, not for the glamour and certainly not for the job security. We do it because our clients can’t, we do it because justice is not just a word or a concept but a real and tangible thing.”
The campaign agaisnt the Mininstry of Justice plan to Transform Legal Aid was from the outset opposed by the profession.
They above all understood what there was to lose if the proposals went through as set out in the consultation.
Almost as soon as the consultation was published the movement against it started. There have been meetings, strikes, marches, an online petition, TV and press interviews and in this increasingly digital age, a concerted campaign on Twitter and by bloggers.
For me, as with so many of my colleagues being a criminal defence solicitor is not so much a job but a way of life. Countless bank holidays, birthdays, Christmases and days off have been spent looking at the dull, institutionalised paint scheme of a police custody block rather than at home with family and friends. Evenings have been spent writing up the days cases, planning for the following days…
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