Back on track

It was good to see the Law Society firing on all cylinders in its report 'Design for the future' in the legal aid debate.

The issue of barristers' fees attracted media attention to the area. But the society's raft of “principled but pragmatic” proposals are worthy of greater consideration than they are ever going to get from the present administration.

There appear to be only two catchphrases in the Legal Aid Board's vocabulary at present “contracts” and “cash limiting”, as was demonstrated at the Legal Aid Practitioners Group conference. So the society's detailed and well-reasoned points are likely to get the customary brush off.

However, at this stage it may be more important to try to bend the ear of the next potential government and these suggestions can only strike the right note there.