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Thousands of lawyers staged a half-day strike on Monday 6th January in protest at Justice Secretary Chris Grayling’s measures to cut legal aid fees by 30%. Both solicitors and barristers participated in the walkout which, for barristers, is the first strike ever in the 800 year history of the Criminal Bar Association. That the Tories have provoked the first strike by barristers since the 13th Century says much about the scale of attacks on living standards being carried out by this government.