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Ken Clarke, the Justice Secretary, has said that he will slash the Legal Aid bill by more than a third. As a result lawyers fear they will lose out on tribunal fees and that their most vulnerable clients will lose out on access to justice ~ and they are probably right to be concerned.

Of course, the immediate winners will be the employers who can rest a little easier knowing that it will be much more expensive for an employee to pursue an unfair dismissal claim.

However, that isn’t the full story because workplace disputes won’t simply evaporate, they will move to another venue. The cut and thrust of the tribunal will give way to the diplomacy of mediation meetings and I expect lawyers will catch on pretty quickly and give their mediation skills and experience higher billing than has traditionally been the case.

Here is the interview with KC on Radio 4.

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