This is something else to consider in the fight to proper funding to legal aid: continual reductions and cuts to legal aid also devalues legal work across the board. Clients are unwilling to pay private fees, even when those private fees are set so low that the lawyers and firms are skating on the edge of insolvency.
Law is a profession that requires hard work and expert knowledge. It’s OK to charge for that!
How can we better educate the public about appropriate legal fees, get better legal aid funding, and stop inappropriately gouging private lawyers from wreaking havoc on the profession’s reputation?
By Dean R P Edwards
Money has no place in politics, goes the tired complaint (ironically, as money seems to have an increasing place in politics and politicians’ pockets), but what of money in the law?
We often hear of generational change when it comes to the evolution of the legal profession into something more humanist, when it comes to women and LGBTI in the workplace, or the flexibility required for mothers and those suffering from mental health issues. We take issue with the cruelty of the old “chin up and deal with it” attitude—the lifestyle of getting wrong the so-called “work–life balance”—but what if there’s a niggling imbalance in the very way we work?
Another oft-heard complaint is the rapacity of lawyers in charging their clients. Many a lawyer has borne the brunt of a client’s fury upon receipt of a bill, and I am not overgeneralising to say that
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