(561)  LEGAL AID ROW

 

On 26 May 2006 the Law Society of Scotland broke off negotiations with the Scottish Executive about legal aid rates, a special general meeting of the Society the previous week having rejected the Executive’s proposal of an 8% increase for court advocacy fees and 5% for other work.  There is talk that legal aid work will be stopped altogether unless an increase of at least 50% is agreed.

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