A major reform of the legal aid system in England and Wales has been scrapped, the justice secretary Michael Gove has announced.

28 January 2016

Plans to slash the number of law firms allowed to do criminal legal aid work at police stations and magistrates' courts has been scrapped, following repeated protest from Lawyers claiming the reforms could damage quality and access to justice.

Labour shadow justice secretary Lord Falconer said the government's plans had "descended into utter chaos".

Mark Fenhalls QC, of the Criminal Bar Association, said it had been the right decision to abandon the "flawed plans".

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