Bar Council in final bid to save aid in PI claims

The Bar Council is to make a last-ditch attempt to save legal aid for personal injury claims, at the very least in relation to certain vulnerable categories.
It is also continuing the fight to curb the Lord Chancellor's power to change the professional rules relating to the Bar Council, the Institute of Legal Executives (Ilex) and the Law Society.
The third and final reading of the Access to Justice Bill takes place in the House of Lords this Tuesday, where the Bar Council will try to preserve legal aid in personal injury cases for the elderly, the disabled and juveniles.
The Bar Council and the Law Society are both supporting an amendment that will limit the Lord Chancellor's power to alter their professional rules.
They argue that Lord Irvine should only be able to make changes where a majority of the designated judges advise that the alterations be made.
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