Legal Aid Cuts – Paul Oliver’s article for The Barrister Magazine

Legal aid has been an essential feature of the British justice system for the better part of a century. A key part of the extension of the welfare state under the post-war Labour government, the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949 provided free access to legal aid for those who could not afford the services of a solicitor. However, with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta being celebrated this year, we must remind ourselves that the principle of proper access to justice in our country has, in fact, a much richer heritage.

Read Paul Oliver’s full article here.