Lawyers earn more from busking than legal aid

Friday 25 September 2009 at 6:41 am | In News | 1 Comment
Basil Preuveneers and Denis Cameron
Basil Preuveneers and Denis Cameron
It is reported in The Times that two solicitors, Basil Preuveneers and Denis Cameron, took to the streets this week to highlight the fact that legal aid earnings have become so eroded that lawyers’ rates are now £70 an hour – or less, when fixed rates are paid regardless of how much work is done.

In the 40 minutes they busked they raised nearly £70 – proving that they could do better as street musicians then defending people’s rights. They have donated the money to the Law Society Charity, which distributes funds to other charities and initiatives.

Full report here

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  1. I think this is highly commendable and a brilliant way to highlight this issue. As someone who works with law students and young lawyers, it is worrying that legal aid rates and salaries are being squeezed whilst at the same time student debts are on the increase, with some students now entering the legal profession with debts in excess of £20,000.
    Trainee Solicitor Surgery

    Comment by Matt — Friday 2 October 2009 10:13 am #

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