The government has launched its consultations on reform to legal aid and costs in civil litigation - see Ministry of Justice. The Law Society Gazette (18th November) states a view that the very principle of legal aid is now on trial. A further article claims that legal aid is facing devastation - see here. The government's proposals are severe and, some would say, brutal given that many areas of legal concern to thousands of families will be removed altogether from legal aid. To quote from the Gazette article:
Lawyer Watch is the blog of Professor Richard Moorhouse - Professor of Law at Cardiff University. He has published some thoughts on the legal aid cuts and makes the very pertinent point that solving some problems at an early stage can prevent more serious issues later. Please read his article here.