Slave convicts' 500k legal aid

A family of millionaire travellers jailed for forcing vulnerable men into slave labour in Leicestershire and Gloucestershire received nearly £500,000 in legal aid.

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Legal Services Commission could claim back travellers' £500k legal aid

It's emerged a millionaire travelling family who were convicted for forcing vulnerable men to work for hardly any money in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire, received legal aid totalling nearly £500,000.

The Connors family were found guilty last December after a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

The Legal Services Commission paid out the money. It could claim it back if the Connors are proved to have assets of more than £30,000.

A Legal Services Commission spokesman said:

"We manage costs carefully and legal aid rates are considerably less than those paid to lawyers in privately funded cases.

"Trials can cost a lot of money if they last many weeks, are very complex and have thousands of pages of evidence.

"The law says that anyone facing a Crown Court trial for a serious criminal offence can apply for legal aid to ensure they have a lawyer, but funding is subject to a means test which could require them to pay towards their defence."

– Legal Services Commission

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