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Legal aid forces solicitors closure

Date Added: 06/01/2012  

The liquidation of a solicitors in Staffordshire has been blamed on cuts to legal aid imposed by the coalition government in the last 12 months.

Jewels Solicitors celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010 but announced it has gone into liquidation because of financial difficulties, reports the Staffordshire Newsletter.

Former Stafford MP David Kidney was involved with the solicitors for a number of years and said he is "sad" to have seen it forced to close down.

"It was a great legal firm and provided important social support for a number of disadvantaged groups," he added.

Steve Currie from the company's administrators Begbies Traynor stated the reason for the closure of the offices was "primarily" the cuts to legal aid.

He explained 80 per cent of the work handled by Jewels came via legal aid funding, so cuts had a large effect on the organisation.

Chief executive of the non-profit organisation the Forum of Private Business Phil Orford recently predicted 2012 will be a tough year for companies.

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