The High Court has decided to quash a proposal made by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) which may have affected the way in which family law cases, such as divorce settlements, can be handled in the UK.
A three-day hearing at the highest judicial venue in the country has resulted in the LSC's tender round for a new way in which the nation's legal aid system operates being thrown out after it was challenged by the Law Society.
Under the terms of the LSC's proposal, the number of companies able to offer legal aid in the UK would have been halved from 2,400 to 1,300, but the Law Society - which represents and offers advice to organisations in England and Wales - stated that this would result in many people not being able to afford specialist counsel.
Linda Lee, president of the organisation, commented that this result represents a victory for thousands of families up and down the country.
"Legal aid clients are some of the most vulnerable in society and access to legal representation where required is their only hope of achieving justice," she said.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens