Bowden Jones Solicitors is proud to be able to continue to offer access to justice within criminal law as being one of only nine firms within South Wales, and one of just over five hundred across the UK, to win a tender for the provision of Legal Aid duty work.
The Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”), in a bid to reduce Government spend on Legal Aid in Criminal Law, sought to consolidate the market by reducing the number of firms that could provide 24 hour Legal Aid assistance to the public. In order to achieve this consolidation, it enlarged the areas known as Criminal Justice areas as opposed to having individual towns and cities. In South Wales, it incorporated all courts and police stations in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Pontypridd and Swansea into one area.
The MoJ further decided to reduce the number of firms that could provide this service. Prior to this tender there were approximately 1,600 firms undertaking this work nationwide. This has now been reduced to just over 500. In South Wales the number of legal aid duty providers was reduced to just nine.
Following a prolonged period of success and expansion, Bowden Jones Solicitors has been successful in winning one of the nine contracts. Managing Director, Mr Stephen Jones said:
“We are proud that following years of hard work and dedication by all our members of staff we can continue to provide our clients with the service we have become renowned for. The award of this contract is a fair reflection of the inimitable professional approach we take to each case in which we act. Being predominantly a Cardiff based firm for a significant period of time we are excited to grow into other areas of South Wales and believe this contract will allow us to expand successfully and take Bowden Jones Solicitors forward into a bright future.”
Bowden Jones’ excellent reputation and success in dealing with all criminal matters, including serious crime and appeals is largely due to the wealth of technical legal knowledge, experience and professionalism of the Criminal Law Team. Since the firm was founded in 2003, the Criminal Law Team has been led by Stephen Jones and Huw Bowden, both renowned as two of the Country’s leading Criminal Law experts. In 2015, Scott Bowen joined the Firm as the new Head of Crime, enabling Stephen and Huw to further develop and expand the Serious Crime and Cyber Law Teams.
Scott Bowen is the Welsh Representative for the Law Society’s ‘Access to Justice Committee’ as justice remains a core belief in the legal profession and Bowden Jones’ business ethic.
Scott Bowen said:
“I am very pleased that Bowden Jones have been rightly awarded this contract. Access to Justice is not only a very important value in this firm but also to our society. By being able to continue to provide Legal Aid in Criminal Law matters to members of the public we are able to continue to act for some of those living in the most impoverished areas of South Wales. It is fitting that in the anniversary year of Magna Carta it’s clauses remain valid and we are pleased to be able to play our part in ensuring these important principals of justice prevail: “No free man shall be seized or imprisoned, or stripped of his rights or possessions, or outlawed or exiled, or deprived of his standing in any other way, nor will we proceed with force against him, or send others to do so, except by the lawful judgement of his equals or by the law of the land. To no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay right or justice””
If you have been accused of a crime and require advice or representation by one of our expert team please do not hesitate to contact us on 02920 484550.