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Legal Aid Scheme: Companies

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Ellie Reeves Ellie Reeves Labour, Lewisham West and Penge

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many criminal legal aid firms were in operation in each year since 2010.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Based on the most recent data available, the table below shows how many firms (and where a firm has multiple branches, the total number of offices) were active in any given year providing legal aid services in criminal matters.

Numbers of both firms and offices have fluctuated due to a number of factors, including mergers and acquisitions, trends in the rates of criminal offending, and the impact of other policies and market conditions.

Year

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

Firms

1,861

1,722

1,656

1,603

1,517

1,512

1,388

1,314

1,271

Offices

2,598

2,415

2,338

2,282

2,172

2,240

1,991

1,998

1,921

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