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Crime suspects supplied with a list of 18 law firms

By Deborah McAleese

Crime suspects who have been left without a lawyer because of the legal dispute have been provided with a list of 18 solicitors’ firms who are prepared to take on their cases.

Members of the legal profession have, however, questioned the level of experience that some of the practitioners have in serious criminal cases.

Half of the practices being circulated as prepared to take criminal cases on reduced legal aid fees are located in Belfast.

Others in Banbridge, Ballycastle, Newtownabbey, Enniskillen, Dungannon, Newry, Coleraine and Holywood have indicated they will work under the new rules introduced by Justice Minister David Ford.

The list of firms are:

Adrian Travers Solicitors

Berkeley White Solicitors

Campbell Stafford Solicitors

Edward Dougan & Co Solicitors

Fergusons Solicitors

Hunter Associates Solicitors

John F Gibbons & Co Solicitors

Kappa Solicitors

McAlinden & Rafferty Solicitors

Nicola Bell Solicitors

Orr & Co Solicitors

O’Toole & MacRandal Solicitors

S G Murphy & Co Solicitors

Simmons Meglaughlin & Orr Solicitors

Siobhan Armstrong Solicitors

Stephen Perrott & Co Solicitors

Thompsons McClure Solicitors

l Wylie & Co Solicitors

Although the firms have indicated they will take on the work, they will still have to secure the services of a barrister.

The majority of barristers in Northern Ireland are refusing to take on cases from solicitors who have broken ranks.

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