City battle to save legal aid solicitor service

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Dozens of city legal aid solicitors fear they could lose their jobs if a Government economy drive is approved.

The lawyers currently run a 24 hour a day, seven-day a week service to help people who have been arrested on suspicion of criminal offences.

“People might question whether these people deserve help but we take pride in our British justice system and believe they do. Some of them could be innocent and a lawyer is crucial,” said Dave Clark from CMK’s Cartwright Clark, who is urging readers to complain to their MP.

“We don’t do this job to get rich – we do it because we care about justice,” he said.

The government proposes to centralise criminal legal aid services by employing four ‘super firms’ to cover the whole of Thames Valley.

Legal aid experts predict a massive deteriation in service.