Appeal opens the way for complex UK fraud trials

Trials to proceed despite barrister opposition to legal aid cuts

The Royal Courts of Justice
Royal Courts of Justice, London

A Court of Appeal decision today has reopened the way for complex trials, such as the trial of those accused of rigging the Libor interbank rate, to proceed in English courts. Judge Anthony Leonard acted too quickly in his decision on May 1 to halt the trial of five men accused of a land bank fraud, R. v Crawley and others, because cuts to legal aid payments for complex cases had left the defendants unable to find a defence counsel, the Court of Appeal's judge Brian Leveson wrote today. The a