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The no-confidence vote was the tip of a bigger iceberg of general discontent

7 January 2014

Enough is enough. Relentless cuts to legal aid, the sacrifice of personal injury work on the insurance industry's altar, and lenders taking control of the conveyancing market are just some causes of anger for solicitors as we move into 2014.

Much as the government is whipping up its forthcoming Global Law Summit as a celebration of Britain's legal services heritage and the value of legal services to the economy, the reality for small and medium-size law firms is that things are still not looking great.

This, really, was what solicitors told Law Society chief executive Des Hudson when they passed a motion of no confidence at a special general meeting just before Christmas.

Enough of him, perhaps, and disappointment that Chancery Lane engaged as it did with the government over criminal legal aid. Mostly, though, the vote was a call for support at a time when so many solicitors feel under attack from so many sides.

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