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Lawyers in MMR vaccine cases have had £1.3m from public funds

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:383
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    The three leading barristers involved in the litigation relating to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine have been paid more than £1.3m ($2.3m; €1.9m), a parliamentary reply revealed last week.

    In a written question in the House of Lords, the Conservative peer Earl Howe had asked what legal advice on the merits of the litigation had been obtained by the Legal Services Commission from barristers with or without an interest in being paid legal aid fees in the litigation.

    A written reply said that the three lead barristers working on the generic work in the litigation were paid £463 782, £445 601, and £424 659.

    It said that no barristers provided advice …

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