Independent advice needed for legal aid

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6954.608 (Published 03 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:608
  1. A Barton
  1. London N1 0RB.

    EDITOR, - The Legal Aid Board recently published a report on multiparty actions.1 This has wide implications for medical and pharmaceutical litigation.

    It is usual for the board to rely on the advice of plaintiff lawyers in deciding whether to fund medical and pharmaceutical claims. Such advice cannot be independent as the lawyers have a financial interest in advancing the claim. The board asserts, “it is wrong to assume …

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