John Wells, president of the Institute of Legal Executives, made a keynote speech pleading for "equal access to justice for all" at a business reception at the House of Commons on 12 October. The event was hosted by Patrick Hall MP and attended by MPs and legal and business practitioners. Wells voiced his concern about legal aid, claiming that there were people who were struggling to find a local legal aid lawyer. "Lawyers taking legal aid cases are diminishing as they struggle with poor pay and bureaucracy," he said. "Criminal legal aid is now under threat with the reintroduction of means testing and falling payments to solicitors and barristers."
w Maclay Murray & Spens chairman and senior partner Michael Walker was elected chair of legal association Lex Mundi during its recent annual meeting in Prague. Walker has been practising for more than 30 years, the majority of the time being spent at Maclay Murray & Spens, including nine years as its managing partner.