Ashes to Ashes

It will probably have little or no impact upon mainstream Solicitor suppliers but the CLS Specialist Support Service is about to be dismantled. I am not qualified to comment on the substance of the decision except to say that I imagine many of you will agree that this is a luxury, in time such as these. What is depressing however is that this is pretty much the final nail in the coffin of the CLS project started at the time I was at the Legal Aid Board in the 90s.

So a decade and a half later all the cajoling the NfP sector into assisting to provide a comprehensive, seamless service of legal advice and assistance has come to nought. The irony being that part of its attraction, at the time, was that this expenditure made knock on savings elsewhere.

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