9 December 2013
The Bar Pro Bono Unit has dealt with a 35.3% increase in applications since legal aid reforms came into effect in April and logged 25% more applications this year than last. For the first time, demand for assistance in family cases exceeded that for employment.
Consultation on government's plans to reform 1998 act expected within the next two months.
Controversial Judicial Review and Courts Bill has second reading in House of Commons next week.
Lord Wolfson of Tredegar says UK government is working on some of the Thomas Commission's recommendations.
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