A LAW firm which represented the family of Stephen Lawrence and helped the Lewisham Hospital campaign is to close - blaming government changes to legal aid.

Seen as one of the country's leading civil rights chambers and led by Michael Mansfield, Tooks worked with the Lawrences on an inquiry into Stephen's 1993 death.

They also worked on the Birmingham Six case and the Hillsborough inquest.

Earlier this year, barristers from the firm took part in the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign's People's Commission, quizzing experts on the impact of a proposed A&E downgrade.

In a statement the firm said: "The dissolution of chambers is the direct result of government policies on Legal Aid.

"The public service we provide is dependent on public funding. Ninety per cent of our work is publicly funded. The government policies led by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling are cumulatively devastating the provision of legal services and threatening the rule of law."