My choice for post of the month usually has something light-hearted or frivolous about it, but there is nothing light-hearted or frivolous about my choice this month. The family justice system continues to be attacked by the faceless purse-holders at Westminster, interested only in the cost of the service rather than its quality. Such has been the case for as long as I can remember. The latest assault has come in the form of the proposal to slash barristers' fees, a proposal which will surely drive many talented lawyers away from the work, thereby seriously reducing the quality of service for some of the most needy in society.
This subject was picked up by Lucy Reed at Pink Tape, in her excellent and heartfelt post 'Family Justice Under Threat', which wins my Post of the Month award for February 2009. The prize? Well, what prize would be appropriate for someone contemplating the prospect of having to give up the job they love? A holiday, I think. So, I have arranged a luxury virtual trip around the world, all expenses paid by the Legal Services Commission. See you when you get back, Lucy.