“We were your first Preferred Supplier”

In recent years I have spoken on a number of occasions at the same events as Stephen Hewitt of Fisher Meredith – usually regarding Preferred Supplier. The following letter, to the LSC, was reproduced in an excellent article in the most recent issue of Independent Lawyer (worth a subscription if you do not already have one). With his kind permission we reproduce it here:

LSC Unified Contract
We at Fisher Meredith, together with other firms across the country, took a stand on Friday against being bullied into signing this inequitable and destructive contract.
Our staff were unanimous in their opposition to what you seek to impose on us and the lawyers instructed by our professional body could not advise any firm to sign. That contract, together with the fees and rates proposed, will spell the end of legal aid for all good suppliers. It is a disgrace.
Through its action, and those of the DCA and Lord Chancellor, you have poisoned the relationship with all those firms across the country who have tried their hardest and applied their experience and expertise for many years to provide access to justice for the socially disadvantaged

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