*R (on the application of The Law Society) v Lord Chancellor

Legal aid – Criminal cases. The defendant Lord Chancellor's failure to disclose information concerning the consultation before his decision to reduce the maximum number of pages of prosecution evidence (PPE) served on the defence which could be counted in fixing graduated fees from 10,000 pages to 6,000 pages had been a fundamental flaw in the consultation process which had made it so unfair as to be unlawful. The Divisional Court, in declaring the decision unlawful and quashing the Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, SI 2017/1019, further held that the Legal Aid Agency's analysis of increased expenditure had been vitiated by methodological flaws.

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