1MCB’s crime team will not be accepting work under representation orders granted on or after 1st April 2018.

Like so many others across the profession (including our professional clients, the Criminal Bar Association, the Bar Council and colleagues at other chambers) we are appalled by the ever deeper cuts to legal aid and to the justice system. Over recent years our members’ working conditions have become intolerably poor and – more importantly – the criminal justice system as a whole is in serious decline. We cannot accept any further damage.

We will attend and support days of action. Our members are overwhelmingly supportive of a ‘no returns’ policy and encourage colleagues to voice their commitment to unified action if the Ministry of Justice continues with its plans to implement these cuts.