Cellmark responds to legal aid cuts with reduction in price of standard DNA relationship testing

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Cellmarktrans“I’ve had enough of the government pushing all my barristers around,” said HeadClerk. “From now on, I’m limiting all legal aid work to pupils.”

“But that’s hardly sufficient experience for many of the family and criminal cases that covers,” said TheVamp.
“That’s not my problem,” said HeadClerk. “You get what you pay for in this world and if they’re only prepared to pay a pittance then it’ll be pupils or nothing as far as I’m concerned.”
“Well I certainly want to keep up my legal aid work,” said BusyBody.
“You’re very welcome to…” said HeadClerk, “…at another chambers. But if you want to do charity work and remain in this chambers then you do it in your own time. We have rent to pay.”
“It’s not just barristers they’re knocking,” said TheBusker. “I had a case just the other day in which a crucial application for funding a DNA relationship test was refused.”
“Haven’t you heard?” said UpTights. “The government not only reduced the fees payable for these and didn’t even tell all of its solicitors and DNA providers.”
“The problem with all of this is that they really do risk throwing out the baby with the bathwater,” said HeadofChambers. “I mean, not only do you pose the risk of injustice in the system but there’s also a greater risk of having to pay appeal costs down the line.”
“It’s the same with the DNA testing,” said BusyBody. “If you cut the standard fees then you’re only encouraging firms to charge for other things that previously might have been included as a matter of goodwill.”
“Well, all I can say,” said OldRuin, “is that the DNA provider used by my firm of solicitors is called Cellmark and they’ve decided to step up to the plate and tackle this whole thing head on by reducing their price for standard DNA relationship testing to meet the new guidance.”

January 15, 2014 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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