Wednesday, June 5, 2013

£15m for just one firm on legal aid gravy train Scale of taxpayers' bill revealed as Coalition vows to save £200m

One firm of solicitors was paid almost £15million in taxpayer-funded legal aid in a year, while 20 individual barristers each raked in more than £300,000, startling official figures reveal.

In a graphic illustration of the legal aid gravy train, the Ministry of Justice released a breakdown of payments to lawyers.

Among them was that to London-based firm Duncan Lewis, which deals with immigration and asylum cases and topped the payout list for 2011/12.