In brief: Law Society calls for LAB boycott to stay

Solicitors should continue boycotting the Legal Aid Board's green form block contract pilot project, even though the board has made compromises, the Law Society Council resolved last week. Derek Sands, chair of the courts and legal services committee, told the society's council last Thursday that, in meetings the society conducted with law firms in three regions, the majority thought they would incur extra expense if they undertook the pilot project – particularly because disbursements were not included in the contract price. But he warned that 40 per cent of the firms invited to join the project had not turned up to the Law Society meetings.