Are lawyers worth their weight in gold?

20 March 2008
According to The Lawyer (25 February) Barrister fees for core counsel on the Diana inquest will reach almost £5 million, with rates for the QCs a huge £575 per hour. But it's not just high-profile cases which are raking in big dollars for lawyers, in News this issue, SM looks at a recent Evershed's survey which found that more than half of businesses believe the growth in legal fees is unsustainable and law firms need to show better value for money. Have you ever had a nasty surprise when buying legal services? Any advice for purchasers on how to get better VFM from lawyers?
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