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London's highest earning criminal firms – including Burton Copeland, Hickman Rose and Fisher Meredith – are holding crisis talks this week over demands by the Legal Aid Board (LAB) that they hand over commercially sensitive details of profit and loss accounts. The demands affect every civil and criminal firm seeking a franchise – a must for any firm intending to do legal aid work once the franchising pilots end. London's criminal firms are calling for a meeting with LAB franchise director Peter Watson, and will meet this week to discuss tactics. Some firms are refusing to comply with the LAB's demands.