Excerpt: ‘It is ‘outrageous’ to suggest that City firms should fund the legal aid system, the president of the Law Society has said, arguing that it is the government’s responsibility to invest properly in justice.
Speaking at an event organised by thinktank Politeia, Simon Davis said that large city firms ‘do an enormous amount of pro bono work’ but this should not be viewed as a subsidy. He said: ‘There’s a complaint that it’s the responsibility of this government to be funding the legal system properly and [city firms] stepping in and filling the gap is not what should be happening. I agree with that. It should be the responsibility of the state, just as it is with the NHS.’’