I read endless complaints on here about the Probate service with fury, disgust, and sympathy but I do believe those practising in this field and their clients should get together and take the government on with a crowdfunded JR.
Lawyers are good at fighting for their own clients and against other lawyers acting for their own clients but not very good at collaborating together against a big bullying well-heeled mutual opponent. The pusillanimous SRA and Law Society are never going to take on the Government (Three Bags Full, Sir!). Of course some will be reluctant to put their heads above the parapet and others will cynically wait on the fence to see how it turns out. But the duty to one’s individual client surely encompasses an obligation to at least explore collective action.
The modern publicity facilities for raucously embarrassing the Government if it tries to vengefully victimise particular lawyers or their clients should be a deterrent. The incompetence/poor performance of the Probate Service, without prejudice to its precise causes, is causing difficulty to citizens which must come close to infringing their human rights. This is the Government’s sole responsibility. Can the legal system be used to force it to act?