In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society council has coughed up nearly £500,000 to help dig the beleaguered Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) out of its backlog misery. But the money – required to pay extra staff to deal with thousands of pending complaints – will only clear the backlog that has accumulated up to December 1997. Thousands more have built up since then, currently increasing at a rate of 95 cases per week.