In brief: Cool response to LAB's MPA proposals

The Legal Aid Board's plans to control the costs of multi-party actions (MPAs) have brought a cool response from the Law Society. The society has welcomed plans for the establishment of a panel of specialist firms with proven experience of MPAs. However, it fears contracting arrangements aimed at encouraging solicitors to abandon cases early on if they look likely to be unsuccessful will lead to lawyers taking on only those cases they are sure they can win.