Met Police unveils slimmed-down panel after cost-saving review

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  • peanuts and monkeys springs to mind

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  • Peanuts and monkeys - sounds more like sour grapes to me !

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  • The strange thing is that for a London police force there is no way they can pay London solicitors to do that work. You simply cannot afford partners at those rates. This means that witnesses will have to go up to Manchester for interviews or do everything over the phone.
    The Met does not have a great track record with civil claims recently; I can't see this improving it.

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  • Anonymous | 22-Mar-2012 6:27 pm
    I don't know of any partners oop 'ere that would work for £130 per hour on police work for the Met and consider it profitable! Massive risk, complex advice/litigation and very time consuming.
    They have to consider that not only would it not be profitable, the assigned partners' time is being drained by that client and they are not billing at normal rates for other clients either. So you either hire in or make up, wich is extra expense.
    Either way it appears a thankless and unrewarding task that's going to keep you nightmares, both figurative (trying to turn a profit) and literal (given the subject matters you'll be trying to advise on at the moment and the inevitable covert surveillance!!!).

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