Jack Straw blasts solicitors' fees

Justice secretary Jack Straw has attacked lawyers' fees, calling the sums of money charged by solicitors in no win, no fee cases "nothing short of scandalous".

Speaking at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Straw said he will launch a crackdown on solicitors that charge excessive fees in such cases.

Under the current system, lawyers in no win, no fee cases are allowed to charge a success fee, meaning that their rates can be as high as £600 per hour in some instances, according to the Times.

The justice secretary also attacked the legal aid system, criticising private practice lawyers.

"There are now three times as many lawyers in private practices but paid for by the taxpayer as there were three decades ago," he said.

Published on: September 24, 2008

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