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The Prime minister's brother, a leading barrister, stood at the centre of a row about legal aid cuts today.
David Cameron and his government faced embarrassment as a serious fraud trial collapsed after a judge accepted Alexander Cameron's claim that the defendants "could not receive a fair trial" as no barrister would represent them.
The PM brushed aside his brother's 'victory', saying it was simply part of the court process.
ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:
The body responsible for bringing about the case for the now-cancelled fraud trial at Southwark Crown Court has said that they are 'considering' today's ruling.
In a statement, that FCA said: "The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are considering HHJ Leonard QC's ruling today ordering a stay of the criminal proceedings against Scott Crawley, Dale Walker, Daniel Forsyth, Brendan Daley and Aaron Petrou and whether to appeal.
"In these circumstances we do not intend to comment further at this time."
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."
The judge that ruled an serious fraud case be stayed because of a lack of proper legal representation for the defendants has said he made the decision so that the state can "put right" its failure.
"Having considered all these matters, I am compelled to conclude that, to allow the state an adjournment to put right its failure to provide the necessary resources to permit a fair trial to take place now amounts to a violation of the process of this court." Judge Anthony Leonard QC said.
The defendants were among eight men charged in April last year with financial crimes over the alleged tricking of investors over a scam to buy land and sell it at vastly inflated profits
Delivering his ruling at Southwark Crown Court, he said it would clog up the courts to adjourn the case to next January.
A serious fraud trial has been halted by a judge because the defendants were unable to get legal representation following cuts to legal aid.
The Prime Minister's brother, Alexander Cameron QC, argued that the trial could not go ahead because "The state has failed to provide adequate representation to allow a trial to take place."
Mr Cameron QC was representing some of the defendants for free as they tried to get their trial for fraud halted.
The judge sitting in the case ruled that there was no prospect of a fair trial
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Legal expert Merry Neal warns there's a risk serious criminals could walk free if the legal aid argument is not resolved soon.