Criminal barristers refused to work for half a day on Monday 6 January, in protest at government cuts to legal aid, causing disruption across Britain’s courts.
The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling plans to cut £220 million from the legal aid budget. As well as restricting barristers’ pay, the cuts will make it harder for ordinary people to access top-quality legal representation or bring cases against powerful institutions.
Solicitor Matt Foot said: “There is widespread opposition to Grayling's proposals. They will have a devastating effect on the rights of ordinary people in this country and undermine the ability to challenge unlawful government actions.”