Bakers only firm in high peak awarded duty-contract
Bakers Solicitors, are delighted to announce we are the only firm in the High Peak to have been awarded a Legal Aid Duty Contract in the recent round of government bids. This means we remain accredited Duty Solicitors for Police Station representation.
“The bidding process was complex and lengthy” commented Kirsten Collings, Criminal Law Partner. “The Ministry of Justice have slashed Legal Aid funding enormously, and this tender process reduced the number of appointed firms from around 1500 nationwide to approximately 500. We are thrilled that our high standards have been recognised with this success”
The cuts to Legal Aid availability and therefore the number of solicitors appointed to represent people when in the police station (whether under arrest or not), is part of the MOJ’s aim to reduce the justice budget significantly.
Kirsten added; “The massive cuts being imposed will have a huge effect on access to justice for many, many people... not to mention the devastating consequences to the legal professionals. We remain dedicated to the principle of ‘access to justice for all’ and look forward to continuing to serve our local community by offering this service.”
Bakers Solicitors was established in 2002 and specialises in Criminal Defence and Family Law matters, with Partner David Parkes being an appointed member of the Law Society Children Panel. Additionally, Motor offences and Licensing Training and Compliance are also handled by the firm.
“The recent cuts have hit the legal profession hard, so we are particularly proud to see Bakers continue to develop and grow with the addition of two new recruits and now securing the Duty contract” added Kirsten.