LAB cost cutters keep eye on pennies

TREASURY penny-pinchers looking to keep costs under control will be awarding gold stars to the Legal Aid Board.

Nothing gets passed the ruthlessly efficient quango which has wrapped the knuckles of leading legal aid firm TV Edwards for over-billing …by 3p.

The London firm has an annual turnover of about u2 million in legal aid alone, but that did not stop LAB officials from writing to the firm demanding an explanation for the apparent over-charging.

Extensive investigations by The Lawyer have revealed the source of the discrepancy. The problem appears to be down to LAB's “every little bit helps” philosophy.

“Anything less than a penny we round up but they round down,” says senior partner Tony Edwards.