A time of great change in the criminal bar

Dec 29, 2014 By Matthew Friedberg

The practice of law is increasingly challenging from a business perspective, especially for younger lawyers, as there are various forces working against the profession, Toronto-based criminal lawyer Matthew Friedberg tells Lawyers Weekly.

“Things in criminal law are changing very, very quickly and it’s not the same practice it used to be five years [ago],” he says. “Nobody really knows where legal aid is really going to be in five years, and what it’s going to look like.”

Although 2014 was a busy year for his firm, Friedberg tells the legal publication that he has observed a decline in the number of cases going through the courts and he attributes this to several factors, including a drop in crime rates, the growing use of the diversion program and the legal aid system.

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