In brief: Healthy response to multi-party proposals

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) has received 50, mainly supportive, responses to its proposals to franchise multi-party action work. The consultation period for the proposed scheme to set up a panel of about a dozen law firms in England and Wales to do multi-party actions began in June and officially ended on 31 August. But LAB civil policy adviser Anne Grosskurth said the board would still welcome responses up until the end of next week.