Claim for judicial review of a decision by the Lord Chancellor to reduce the amount of money made available as legal aid for defending people accused of crimes. The decision challenged in these proceedings has reduced fees payable under a scheme called the Litigators’ Graduated Fees Scheme under which most of the work done by ‘litigators’ (typically solicitors) in preparing the defence of persons prosecuted in the Crown Court is paid.
‘If the alleged technical error is not incontrovertible but is a matter on which there is room for reasonable divergence of expert opinion, an irrationality argument will not succeed.’
Leggatt LJ, Carr DBE J
 EWHC 2094 (Admin),  WLR(D) 560,  5 Costs LR 937,  1 WLR 1649,  ACD 112,  1 All ER 638
England and Wales
Cited – Gardner and Another, Regina (on The Application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and Others Admn 27-Apr-2022
Patient transfer policy was unlawful
The claimants had relatives who died in care homes early in the COVID-19 pandemic. They said that the policy of moving patients from hospitals to care homes without testing had contributed to the deaths, and many others, and had been unlawful. The . .
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Legal Aid, Administrative
Updated: 28 April 2022; Ref: scu.620667