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Legal aid advisory panel announced 12/03/2019 A Scottish Government panel has been set up to advise on an evidence-based approach for a review of fee levels for legal aid services.

Legal aid advisory panel announced

Experts from across the legal profession have joined a Scottish Government panel to advise on an evidence-based approach for a review of fee levels for legal aid services. The panel has been established in response to recommendations set out in Martyn Evans’ independent review of legal aid.

Ross Yuill, from the Society of Solicitor Advocates, is one member of the panel, which also includes academics and members of the Faculty of Advocates, the Law Society and the Scottish Legal Aid Board. The panel will meet for the first time on 15th March.

“A legal aid service that is effective and user-focused is key to assisting some of the most vulnerable in our society. We have already taken steps to demonstrate our commitment to those delivering this vital service, including a 3% uplift in fees across the board for legal aid lawyers, which will take effect next month,” said Community Safety Minister Ash Denham. “The creation of our expert panel is an important step towards modernising the system to ensure that it is fair to both the taxpayer and the provider, and is sustainable for the future.”

Details of the panel can be found here.

The Scottish Government’s full response to Martyn Evans’ independent review of legal aid can be found here. 

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