lawyers have reacted angrily to an announcement from the LSC that one option for 'very high cost' criminal cases would be to extend the limits for the standard graduated fee scheme from cases lasting 40 days to 60 days.

lawyers have reacted angrily to an announcement from the LSC that one option for 'very high cost' criminal cases would be to extend the limits for the standard graduated fee scheme from cases lasting 40 days to 60 days.

The interim VHCC scheme, introduced in October 2008 after barristers boycotted the original panel, comes to an end in July next year (see Solicitors Journal, 31 March 2009).

In its consultation paper, the LSC said one option was to maintain the existing scheme including the panel and another to abolish the panel and introduce individual case contracts.

A further option would be to extend the current graduated fee scheme for advocates to cases of up to 60 days, and pay the remainder at existing V...

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