Barristers are refusing to work on Very High-Cost Cases like the axed fraud trial because they do not agree with the legal aid savings the Government is making, the Ministry of Justice statement said in a statement.
"Barristers have refused to work on this case - and a number of other Very High Cost Court Cases - because they do not agree with savings the Government is making to legal aid.
"Even after the savings, if a QC picked up a case like this one, they could expect to receive around £100, 000 for working on it, with a junior barrister receiving around £60, 000.
"The Government has made sure that the Public Defender Service has a number of suitably qualified advocates who could act in this case."
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