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THE LEGAL profession is showing signs of division over legal aid reform – a week after the Lord Chancellor unveiled his controversial Green Paper. However, speakers at the Legal Action Group conference on legal aid were united in condemning Lord Mackay’s cash limits. Law Society deputy vice-president Henry Hodge said Lord Mackay’s proposals were “treasury-driven” […]

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