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Four law firms are applying for a judicial review of the Legal Aid Board (LAB) following a wrangle over who should co-ordinate a multi-party action. The four firms, which have formed a steering committee for vibration white finger (VWF) claims against British Coal, are challenging the board’s decision to grant generic legal aid work to […]

Police paperwork cuts planned planned

Cutting red tape in the criminal justice system is the aim of a Home Office initiative, with particular attention paid to reducing administrative burdens on the police. An ‘efficiency scrutiny’ team of police officers, lawyers, and civil servants from the Home Office, Lord Chancellor’s Department, and Crown Prosecution Service is being formed to carry out […]

Rivals join R&D forces

Fennell Betson reports TWO leading legal IT suppliers have decided to pool their resources so they can undertake a common research programme. Edinburgh-systems company HG Usher & Co and Hull-based AIM Professional are at the early stages of a joint approach which has surprised the legal market. AIM managing director John Wilde says the two […]

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