Lady Hale’s appeal for support likely to reignite controversy over cuts to legal aid

The UK’s most senior judge has appealed for people to give money to a charity whose volunteers support those who become embroiled in civil court cases but cannot afford a lawyer.

Lady Hale, the president of the supreme court, asked on Sunday for donations to the Personal Support Unit. She made this week’s Radio 4 Appeal, a BBC programme in which well-known people ask for donations to charities.

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