SIF is nailing criminal firms to wall

Criminal solicitors are being “well and truly stuffed by the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF)”, conference delegates were told.

Chair Judith Naylor, of Barnsley's Orsborn Naylor, said criminal practitioners were having to pay over the odds and that the group would be pushing for changes.

“There has been no claim by a criminal practitioner for at least seven years,” she said.

The SIF is due to review its low risk payments this autumn and the Law Society is set to respond if necessary by reducing contributions late next year.

“But we feel that what is going on is happening too slowly and is being done behind closed doors without the knowledge of those who pay the money,” Naylor said.

Solicitors needed more protection from police exercising PACE powers, she added.