Today I am talking with Jerry Hayes a former Tory MP and practising barrister about the purpose and likely impact of the cuts to legal aid being proposed by Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
Much has been written about the legal reforms in the dead tree press and the law blogs. (Patrick Torsney has a comprehensive listing of blogs written by lawyers and others from the legal blogging community. )
We discuss the need for the protest by lawyers outside parliament and the likely impact on society in terms of access to justice. It is not about ‘lawyer fatcattery’ – the proposals being put forward by the Lord Chancellor will impact on many in our society in terms of a fair trial and access to good legal representation – and they will, directly or indirectly, affect us all – not least in terms of the ‘Rule of Law’ so lovingly used by the prime minister, foreign secretary and other senior ministers when promoting Britain overseas or lecturing despotic governments abroad.
Jerry Hayes is a former Tory MP who knows the back benches of the Tory party and its workings well. Jerry is also a practising barrister. He is not shy in putting his robust views on Chris Grayling’s reforms – nor is he shy in coming forward to comment sardonically.
Please listen to the podcast – lawyer or non-lawyer. There is a serious message here – but there is also fairly ribald ‘analysis’. It was a most enjoyable podcast to do.
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