LEGAL AID is the equivalent of BENEFITS for the lowest of the low income earners, jail birds, illegal immigrants etc., and as a honey pot for long winded lawyers. The rich can afford the rich price of lawyers; the poor – through free legal aid supported by the middle classes through taxation – can afford the rich price of lawyers, whilst the backbone of society, the middle classes, cannot obtain legal aid and aren’t rich enough to afford overpaid lawyers. As always the middle gets the shaft. Legal aid should be financed by the lawyers either by a required contribution by all lawyers making in excess of 100k a year or by pro-bono work !! As long as lawyers fees are outside the ability of ordinary working people to afford then then the blatant discrimination against them in legal matters should require the abolition of legal aid as it stands until everyone can afford lawyers.