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Forensic accountants campaign against Government legal aid fee cuts

Member: Nifa

Forensic accountants are among a wide range of experts who have launched a campaign for a judicial review of a Government decision to force through caps on expert fees in publicly-funded cases before the Family Court.

The organisation, known as the Consortium of Expert Witnesses to the Family Court, say that the action will focus mainly on London fee rates but that it should be seen as a whole as an attack on what they describe as the Government’s bizarre approach to funding access to justice, by making decisions, say campaigners, based on an almost total lack of data.

The five-hundred strong Consortium was formed last year after the Ministry of Justice decided to cut fees in the Legal Aid system.

If successful, the Consortium say it will force the Government to act more evenhandedly on paying proper professional rates to expert witnesses of all disciplines.

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