MEDICAL negligence solicitors have emerged as the first lawyer victims of Lord Irvine's legal aid reforms.

All but the 90 firms which have solicitors on specialist medical negligence panels will be prohibited from undertaking legal aided medical negligence cases under Lord Irvine's reform blueprint.

The plan, to be implemented this summer, is likely to lead to a rush of applications to join the two specialist medical negligence panels.

However, as predicted by The Lawyer in January, the Government has dramatically watered down the reform plans, originally announced by Lord Irvine (pictured above with Bar Council chairman, Heather Hallett launching a new Bar human rights booklet for schools).

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