Legal Matters Q&A: Introduction of LASPO has had a devastating effect on small firms

What’s the biggest development you’ve seen in the legal world during your career?

The biggest development has to be the introduction of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) which was introduced as a measure to reducing spending in Criminal Legal Aid and Civil Legal Aid.

What law would you like to see changed?

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As a lawyer, the introduction of LASPO, because it has had a devastating effect on small firms as they can no longer “purchase” claims which means firms have to consider taking on other areas of law or employ other marketing strategies to attract clients.

What is the most exciting work you have ever done?

This has to be criminal defence. The range of offences and the variety of duties that have to be undertaken are extremely interesting. The defendants’ offences range from minor to serious crime.

Who in the legal world do you most admire?

I can’t name anyone in person but on a general note, I would say Crown Court judges who have a difficult job in directing the jury and passing heavy sentences.

What advice would you give someone starting out in the profession?

Anyone wishing to set up has to have vision, focus determination, resilience and a passion to succeed.