Much has been written about the ageing population of criminal duty solicitors. The Law Society, for example, published data in April 2019 highlighting that the average age of a duty solicitor in England and Wales was 47.

In many areas, especially in rural regions, the data showed more than 50 per cent of duty solicitors were over 50 years old.

This poses an obvious problem: what will the situation be like in five to 10 years’ time when they are approaching retirement?

The highly publicised problems with funding and the lack of availability of legal aid have made starting a career in criminal law much less attractive for junior and aspiring solicitors.

The issues expe...

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