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Warning over legal aid changes

Solicitors have warned people could start "taking the law into their own hands" as changes to legal aid come into force. Some law firms estimate the number of people who will qualify for legal aid following the changes will reduce by 75%.

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Solicitors warned of legal aid cut consequences

The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, warned that "people could start taking the law into their own hands as a result of an inability to seek justice following the government's civil legal aid cuts".

Richard Miller, head of Legal Aid at the Law Society, said: "We have warned the government consistently that, as well as all the knock-on costs, the social consequences will be damaging to the whole of society, not just the vulnerable who will take the worst hit of all."

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