Obiter wonders if he really believes this to be a decent rate of pay to ensure quality representation. But if you are a legal aid lawyer, don’t despair. Maybe your friends in better paid jobs, which would be almost anyone you know except postmen, traffic wardens and road sweepers, will give you something extra special for Christmas. Legal aid lawyers may recall – with no particular fondness – the speech justice secretary Jack Straw gave back in March advising them to reconsider their earnings expectations. ‘There is certainly nothing ordained by the Almighty which says that of those paid for by the public purse, lawyers should be any higher than other professions.’ He went on: ‘I know that many legal aid lawyers… have earnings comparable to people in the public sector itself.’ Well, as it turns out, that rather depends on with whom you are comparing legal aid lawyers. Figures released recently by the Office for National Statistics on public sector pay, and collated into a helpful spreadsheet by the Guardian, reveal that legal aid solicitors are in fact among the worst paid in the public sector. Their average salary is £25,000, well below that of junior doctors, nurses – even those without degrees – and firefighters. Indeed, readers may be surprised to learn that even sewage workers get paid more, though legal aid lawyers, with the mountains of bureaucracy they now face, might argue that they have to deal with more crap. Straw said in his speech: ‘I think it is entirely proper that lawyers are paid decent rates; indeed it is essential to justice that high-quality legal representation is preserved.’
US Open, QuarterfinalsNaomi Osaka – Shelby Rodgers 6-3 6-4Naomi Osaka continues to pursue a second US Open title and a third overall in the Grand Slam. The 2018 New York champion beat Shelby Rodgers without any problems and qualified for her third “major” semifinal after 6-3 6-4.The Japanese needed only 1:21 at Arthur Ash to prevail over the American. She, for her part, failed to record a first semifinal in the Slam and her best rankings remain this and her quarterfinal at Roland Garros in 2016.Interestingly, whenever she reached this stage in the Grand Slam tournaments, Osaka triumphed with the trophy – it happened at the US Open in 2018 and the Australian Open 2019. Now between her and the final is Jennifer Brady, who is in perfect shape.Built for the bright [email protected] is through to the SFs.#USOpen pic.twitter.com/rLoRP3EdTi— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2020Today, the Japanese played very steadily, although she could not rely on her first serve. He scored just 47% of it in play, but faced a total of one breakball throughout the match. The reason was that he proved too effective on second serve and didn’t give Rodgers a chance. On the second pass, the former champion took as many as 19 of the 27 possible playoffs, and from her racket we saw a double fault.And just like that, @naomiosaka takes the first 6-3. Can anyone stop her when she’s playing like this? pic.twitter.com/2fwpEkeQpo — US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2020The former №1 scored 7 aces and made 24 winners, noticing that she had cleared up the mistakes. Her unprovoked inaccuracies were only eight against 27 for the opponent.In the first set, Osaka broke 4-2 and seemed to take control before Rodgers immediately made a rebreak. However, the joy for the American lasted for a short time – the Japanese tried again and closed the part with 6-3. After the break, Naomi tried for 2-1 and from then on did not give any chance to the 93rd in the world to advance.