Met demands cut-price rates as scandal hots up

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  • As a buyer of legal services, I welcome competition in the marketplace.
    The last twenty years have seen fees rise rapidly, PEP go through the roof and the quality of your average solicitor fall.
    If you quote for my work, you don't get to come back at the end and ask for an extra 20%.

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  • How about partner's stop looking at continuously increasing their annual partner profits, take a look at the economic conditions and take a pay cut or go on one less exotic holiday every year. The days of lawyers milking the system are slowly coming to an end with eagle eyed legal buyers involved. Why do we have cost draftsman? Would it be because lawyers can’t be trusted....

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  • The reality is that in other parts of the country SME firms with very skilled lawyers who do not automatically meet the "big firm" persona are able and willing to take on these clients. Owing to their vastly reduced overheads they can still make a nice profit on the work. The average salary for a 3-4 PQE litigation solicitor in an SME in Bristol or Cardiff will be circa £30-£42k (see hays market rept), compare that to the likes of the big firms. Its probably about time that some bigger company's started to look further afield and took off the rose tinted specs that price always equals quality; a litigator by trade, I have had opponents who are both magic circle firms and trans-atlantic firms - and I really don't see what the fuss is about.
    Just for the record legal aid rates o/s of London can vary between £40-£90 per hour dependent on case - therefore to a lot of firms a £110 an hour or more is a nice little earner thank you. very much.

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  • Perhaps panel firms should charge the MET the same rate per hour that the MET allegedly charged News International for information....!

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