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Falling of a cliff

Falling over the cliff edge - the post LASPO world

When the Government first published its consultation on civil legal aid reform it estimated that "matter starts" in civil work - ie casework volumes, would fall by 68% for legal help (advice) and 44% for representation. Whilst these estimates have been close, the reality is that the figures have in fact fallen more sharply than that, at least for legal help anyway. On the basis of the latest Ministry of Justice published data "volumes of new matters started for legal help have fallen by over 80 per cent between 2009-10 and 2013-14. The number of certificates granted for civil representation has fallen by 30 per cent between 2010-11 and 2013-14." It also reports that since 2008 the number of civil providers has nearly halved.

The charts below show just how sharp the decline has been since April last year, when LASPO took effect:-

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Falling-over.pdf (Adobe PDF - 178Kb) charts