THE Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, speaking at the joint Legal Action Group (LAG) and Justice conference, “Legal Aid: Making It Work” on 3 July, gave his strongest indication yet that he intends to introduce a new rule making success fees and legal expenses premiums recoverable under conditional fee agreements.

If the plan goes ahead it will be included in a modernisation of justice Bill which Lord Irvine wants to be included in this autumn's Queen's Speech, although it may yet have to make way for more important legislation.

Lord Irvine is pictured above with (left to right) Alexandra Marks and Anne Owers of Justice, and Roger Smith of the LAG.