The FCA is seeking to appeal the controversial decision to throw out a land banking fraud case after legal aid cuts prevented the defendants from getting legal representation.
Yesterday Money Marketing reported that the case against five men charged with land banking fraud and had been thrown out by Southwark Crown Court on the grounds the defendants could not get proper legal representation. The case is the first to be thrown out as a result of the cuts to legal aid.
The Government has introduced a 30 per cent cut to fees paid to solicitors and barristers for “very high cost cases” as part of plans to cut £220m from the £2bn annual legal aid budget. The changes affect any case heard from the end of April.
‘Very high cost cases’ mean the trial is expected to last over 60 days.
In January, Money Marketing revealed lawyers had raised concerns the cuts would cause delays and miscarriages of justice in FCA court cases.