Philip Smith is a leading criminal lawyer with Tuckers Solicitors, with a long track record of defending serious crime cases. Recently he was the lead solicitor in the headline-hitting case where the Prime Minister David Cameron's brother Alex Cameron QC persuaded a high court judge to abandon a major £5m fraud case because the government's legal aid cuts meant none of the defendants could find barristers willing and able to take on the case.
It is impossible to overstate the serious implications of a Court of Appeal decision this week which spell disaster for the administration of British justice.
Their life is in limbo, they cannot make professional or personal plans with confidence since they are unaware as to how the investigation will proceed and with what end result. Their careers will invariably be rudely interrupted. The potential domestic impact is obvious.
08/05/2014 15:04 BST
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