Duty to duty solicitors

I thoroughly agree with Anthony Edwards concerning the urgent necessity for opening up duty solicitor schemes, and opening up the opportunity for any qualified person to take part in them.

The present system may fall foul of European anti-competition law.

I have been in correspondence with Brian Shieldhouse (at one time a British Legal Association committee member) and I have discussed the possibility of official support in his efforts to overcome what appears to be an obvious injustice – of which he is not the only complainant – in the operation of the current system.

Geoffrey Thomas

General Secretary

British Legal Association