Good news for legal aid lawyers today as Labour announced that Lord Willy Bach will conduct an "immediate review" into legal aid. Of course, Labour didn't have an unblemished record itself on legal aid when last in government, but that was then, and this is the era of Jeremy Corbyn.
Arguably more important than the review itself is the priority that the new Labour leader has given to legal aid. This is the first review of its type ordered since the new leadership took over a week and a half ago.
The Coalition’s reforms to legal aid have had a disastrous impact on access to justice, leaving many without access to legal help or representation. Lord Bach’s review will look at the wider consequences of the reforms and put forward policy proposals for reforming legal aid for the 21st century. The review process will start immediately.