Today’s ruling by the Court of Appeal at least offered a crumb of comfort to criminal lawyers. Although not everyone is buying it.
The #OpCotton fraud trial will go ahead after the decision to stay it because no barristers will take it on under slashed legal aid rates was overturned. But at least paragraphs 56-58 of the high profile judgment offer some encouragement to criminal lawyers in their continuing battle with justice secretary Chris Grayling over rates.
Not that everyone is convinced by what president of the Queen’s Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson and his fellow judges had to say.
#Opcotton The Court of Appeal urge resolution of the dispute whilst arguably simultaneously making it less likely.
— Sean Jones (@seanjones11kbw) May 21, 2014