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While practitioners are happy to read of Henry Hodge's appointment as deputy chairman (not chair, which is an item of furniture) of the Legal Aid Board, their pleasure is derived from the hope that he will put forward, in unequivocal terms, the desirability of their being paid properly and promptly for the work they do.

Mr Hodge's expressed reservations concerning the Law Society's alleged recent failure to impress the "important opinion formers" must of course be compared with its performance during the time he was an active, though unelected, and a quondam vice-president.

Geoffrey R Thomas

General secretary

British Legal Association.