I am sorry to take issue with your correspondent Mr Adam Copeland.
However, he is not correct when he says that applications for legal aid are "not pored over all day by a team of lawyers with white beards".
As a lawyer in legal aid with a white beard, I pore over such applications every day!
Legal Aid Board
In The Lawyer 18 March 1997, Grahame Aldous was named incorrectly as being at 24 Old Buildings; he is at 9 Gough Square, headed by Michael Brent QC.