England. Lawyers could be granted representation rights in a bid to break the lawyers’ strike

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English lawyers could be given more defense rights under the UK government’s plans to break the lawyers’ strike, according to reports.

The Daily mail quotes a government source as saying ministers are “seeking to give more lawyers higher audience rights to broaden the work they can do, increase the number of legal executives, who often come from less privileged backgrounds, and expand the public defense service”.

This week, criminal lawyers voted overwhelmingly for an indefinite strike in a major escalation in their campaign for a legal aid pay rise.

Lee Adams, managing partner of the London office of JMW Solicitors LLP, said the proposal “looks like a cynical move in an attempt to play on what the government thinks is a lawyer’s worst fear – that lawyers take their place. before the tribunal”.

Writing on LinkedIn, Mr Adams said: “Lawyers with higher rights have worked harmoniously alongside lawyers for many years now, and I don’t think lawyers currently without these rights will want to embark on trials before the Crown Court of which they have no plea. live!

“There aren’t many lawyers working in the criminal justice system who don’t stand shoulder to shoulder with lawyers on the issue of compensation. Most importantly, Solicitors have a very strong sense of integrity and value the expertise and experience that existing Barristers and Solicitor Advocates need to safely and competently conduct Crown Court trials.

“Dominic Raab would do well to remember the government’s last attempt to turn lawyers against lawyers and expand the public defense service, and how well it went (hint: not so well).”

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