Why the Law Society proposed alternatives

This email, from Richard Atkinson, but blogged by Gemma Blythe is a very important read to understand the position of the Law Society.

Thoughts on the Criminal Justice System

Below is an email I received this morning, 4th July, from Richard Atkinson, Chair of the Criminal Law Committee, Law Society of England and Wales. Posted with his permission.

There has been much concern expressed in some quarters about the Law Society’s alternative proposal which has been submitted to the Ministry of Justice and I understand some of those concerns however much of what is being said is ill informed and plain wrong.

The Law Society is not selling out or sacrificing sole practitioners or indeed any other of its members.

The announcement of the Secretary of State that he is restoring client choice is good news.

The abolition of client choice was a corner stone of PCT. In my view PCT has now been dealt a fatal blow. Sadly the Ministry are yet to share that view and believe that there may still be legs in their PCT model…

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