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Roderick Dadak, who represented Paul Butner in his successful libel case against Harpers & Queen (The Lawyer, 21 March), has asked for it to be pointed out that he is a solicitor and not counsel, as he was described in the story.

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DEFECTIVE communication, mishandled correspondence and a complacent attitude to complaints are all highlighted in an ombudsman’s report on the Legal Aid Board. The Parliamentary Ombudsman William Reid has given the LAB a severe telling-off in his annual report. Last year 53 complaints about the LAB were referred to him by MPs, just one less than […]

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