In brief: LAB declines to support smoking victims

Lawyers have accused the Legal Aid Board of being over cautious in its refusal to grant aid to tobacco victims in their proceedings against cigarette manufacturers. The decision made last week brings an end to four years of preparatory case work by law firms Leigh Day & Co, Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickens and Bindmans, the representatives for over 300 lung cancer victims. Martyn Day, joint senior partner at Leigh Day & Co, said there was no doubt that the board was reacting to recent criticisms that it is too lenient.