The Legal Aid Board's annual report shows gross payments rose during 1998/9 to £1.73bn from £1.67bn in the previous 12 months. Chief executive Steve Orchard says the figure will continue to rise because of “all the work in the system”. Invitations to bid for contracts go out this week and have to be returned by 13 August.
Elizabeth Mason of Blackpool, whose husband Peter was cleared of drug trafficking offences, has launched a High Court action against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for damages in respect of assets seized from her home. In her claim, Mason is also suing a receiver for damages for losses she blames on his allegedly negligent management […]