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The Bill. The Government has recently published the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill (“the Bill”). Part 1 of the Bill, in conjunction with schedules 1 to 3, makes reforms to legal aid, including cutbacks in civil legal aid as envisaged in the Ministry of Justice consultation paper CP 12/10 (November 2010). Part 2 of the Bill changes the law in respect costs and funding. Some of the provisions in Part 2 implement recommendations which I made in the Costs Review Final Report. In particular, Part 2 ends the recoverability of success fees under conditional fee agreements (“CFAs”) and the recoverability of After-the-Event (“ATE”) insurance premiums. Part 3 deals with criminal law.