Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Our legal eagles rate very highly with the public

THE adverse publicity which the legal profession has attracted due to recently published legal aid fees must not be allowed to obscure the contribution of the legal profession to the economy.

Legal services in the UK contributed £20.9bn of UK gross domestic product in 2011. It employed 340,000 people, including 130,000 solicitors, 16,000 barristers and advocates.

When I was a member of the Law Society council, an independent report was commissioned to establish satisfaction rates among clients of solicitors.

Remarkably more than 84% were either wholly, or largely, satisfied with the services. That is scarcely the image in the media.

JAMES McFARLAND

Lisburn, Co Antrim

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