In brief: Boateng to challenge conditional fees

Labour's legal affairs spokesman Paul Boateng MP says he will speak out against the draft regulations for conditional fees laid before the Commons last month unless the Government agrees to amend them to give greater consumer protection to litigants. Boateng says lawyers are in a “superior bargaining position” and litigants need greater protection. “Litigants, not lawyers, must be the principal beneficiary of the new scheme,” he says.