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UK Trial Lawyers Get 15% Fee Rise After Walkouts Halted Cases

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The UK government pledged to raise fees for some British barristers after trial lawyers walked out this week in protest following a long-running spat over state funding and pay.

The Ministry of Justice said it will increase the fees by 15% from the end of September for work in police stations, magistrates court and youth courts, according to a statement Thursday. The government said the move -- less than the increase demanded by the lawyers -- would boost the average pay of a criminal barrister by about £7,000 ($8,508).