5PB announcement re: revised AGFS

Members of chambers have considered the new Advocates’ Graduated Fee Scheme which it is currently proposed to be introduced on 1st April 2018. We believe that the proposals jeopardise the continued existence of the publicly funded criminal bar. We support the Criminal Bar Association’s call to the Ministry of Justice not to implement these proposals, and from 1st April 2018 will not be accepting instructions covered by a representation order which falls within the proposed scheme.