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Re: Met to review 30 ongoing sex cases

Postby Lemmiwinks » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:31 pm

Boo wrote:If the Police are deciding what should or shouldn't be revealed they are doing so in the hope to ensure a conviction.


Rubbish. Maybe you should ensure you are in full possession of the facts before leaping to such conclusions. Have you even read any details of this report?

Boo wrote:Perhaps, this demonstrates how out of reach adept defence teams are for the average Jo/e

There are plenty of criminal defence solicitors worth their salt and those who rely on legal aid are entitled to the same level of defence as those who pay.
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Re: Met to review 30 ongoing sex cases

Postby Boo » Sun Jan 14, 2018 6:35 pm

There are some great legal aid solicitors.

However, Criminal legal aid rates have now been severely reduced and do not cover the type of work which is frequently necessary to defend sexual offence allegations to optimum effect. Private funding of a specialist solicitor and counsel allows for authoritative case preparation, client control and dependable advocacy.

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Re: Met to review 30 ongoing sex cases

Postby shootist » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:52 pm

Lemmiwinks wrote:
Boo wrote:If the Police are deciding what should or shouldn't be revealed they are doing so in the hope to ensure a conviction.


Rubbish. Maybe you should ensure you are in full possession of the facts before leaping to such conclusions. Have you even read any details of this report?


Could you possibly help out by saying why you think that suggestion could be rubbish, perhaps quoting a bit from the report, which you seem to be suggesting would support you assertion? (I don't agree with that assertion myself as it happens, but more on the principle of not attributing to malice anything adequately explained by incompetence)

Lemmiwinks wrote:
Boo wrote:Perhaps, this demonstrates how out of reach adept defence teams are for the average Jo/e

There are plenty of criminal defence solicitors worth their salt and those who rely on legal aid are entitled to the same level of defence as those who pay.


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Re: Met to review 30 ongoing sex cases

Postby dls » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:23 pm

The division between what can be epected for a legal aid client and what a privately paying client might expect can be huge.

Much of my career as a solicitor was spent cutting the cloth according to what the client (whether through legal aid or not) would be able to pay.

At the start of my career I had the great fortune to work for a principal who said - do what it takes and get paid if you can. I had a sring of 13 not guilty verdicts - and none of them were paid for properly.

Later I worked for a large commercial practice who operated n a simple principle - if you have the ceek to walk in here and ask for our help, you will get the very best legal adice and ssistance, but do not query the bill. It was brilliant and we did some truly excellent work, but the cost was a long way otside what a normal chap or legal aid might ever bear.
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