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ASIM has also confirmed details on its conference and AGM to be held at the Randolph Hotel, Oxford, on 16-17 June. Labour MP Andrew Smith, junior shadow minister for the Treasury, will address the conference, also open to non-ASIM members. Contact ASIM on 01892 870065.

Bar rejects Law Soc's fee claims

THE BAR is infuriated by a Law Society attack on the level of legal aid fees paid to barristers denouncing “excessive” QC fees of up to £300,000 a year. Law Society president Charles Elly has moved to steal the Lord Chancellor’s legal aid thunder by announcing a blueprint for reform to restore public eligibility without […]

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THE YOUNG Solicitors’ Group has made its mark on the Law Society’s election campaign by calling a presidential hustings. The group’s national committee has invited candidates for the positions of president and vice-president of the solicitors’ profession to take the platform in order to answer questions posed on behalf of YSG members. Taking place at […]

Hunt's legal bills queried

LAWYERS for the Quantock stag hunt are demanding payment for a barrister’s hunting trip as part of their £250,000 claim for costs against Somerset County Council. Sir Robert Carnwath QC, now a judge, made the outing with the Devon and Cornwall hunt in preparation to challenge Somerset’s attempt to ban the Quantock (pictured above). The […]

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