Chambers in scrap with MoJ over reduced rates for Very High Cost Cases.

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  • What an odd thing to do. A solicitor calls the LAA saying "I can't find anyone willing to do VHCCs at the new rate" and the LAA sends them of a list of Counsel. The solicitor then wastes hours calling the different Chambers only to find none are willing to work at those rates. You'd have thought the LAA would have answered "I'm afraid we don't have a list of Counsel who can help". You could almost forgive those on the lists for thinking the LAA were trying to suggest they were willing to work at the new rates.

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  • If this was simply a list of accredited counsel then why does it not include all accredited counsel? So the question is: are the LAA being underhanded, dishonest or incompetent?

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  • The MOJ, consistent at least, consistently disingenuous. For what other reason would they release this 'list' other than to try to cause division at the Bar. Thoroughly dishonest and underhand from the top right the way down, its what we have come to expect of this arm of the government.

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  • As a neutral...

    Surely they are just helping solicitors - yes most of the list might not agree but we don't know that for a fact.

    As long as the LAA provide a disclaimer to solicitors then I don't see the issue.

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