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Tottering Law Society sends tremors industry-wide

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  • RIP LS
    I wish I could have whipped up as much outrage 20 years ago when I was chair of LAPG and when this ghastly farrago started....

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  • I am old enough to remember the debacle over fixed fees and exclusive franchising. The Law Society were not much use then, with a press office that would not take calls after 4 p.m. (or so they told me when I wanted help with a press release!) This time, some people hoped, it would be different. Now, as then, it is not all about just money: cutting fees, the increased bureaucracy and wheezes such as assessing advocacy are an attack on our professional independence. The Law Society have negotiated a "deal" behind the back of the Bar, which they said they would not do, with no experienced members of the CLSA or the LCCSA with them, which they should not have done, and sadly, few of us are surprised. Energy is being expended with Pangloss-type fervour to convince us that the deal is a good one. It isn't. Congratulations to The Lawyer for having described the situation.

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  • May be this comment may be be seen as some kind of conspiracy theory I can't but think that the agenda here is the removal of all publicly funded criminal work from solicitors and barristers to be replaced with a new public defence service with lawyers appointed to the accused on a cab-rank principle. This would accord with MOJ cost cutting agenda even though the development of a new service would almost certainly not deliver the desired cost savings. Meanwhile there will be fireworks at Chancery Lane.

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