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There was some straight talking at a meeting of the Law Society (says a London paper). A resolution was moved that there should be a complete fusion between the two branches of the legal profession, and as an amendment, Mr James Dodd moved that solicitors should have audience in all courts of justice co-equally with barristers. "It is an intolerable thing," he said, "tnat the Bar should establish a kind of trade union which holds up solicitors by a kind of blackmail. You talk of the honour of the Bar. I had. a case in which a counsel actually threatened to strike unless_ I would give an outrageous and exorbitant "refresher" to.them. I had to give way and mark the "refresher" they demanded, although it is certain I could not got it allowed on taxation. It seems to me if that is the honor of tho Bar, the Bar must have sunk pretty low."

31 r Kennedy said one of the greatest evils of the time was the exorbitant fees charged by counsel., In the last two sittings of the Divorce Court- there had been roughly ,1000 undefended cases. Many of the parties were poor women, yet the solicitors had to drag out of them fees for counsel. It w,as monstrous. •

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LAWYERS' FEES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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LAWYERS' FEES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9594, 25 April 1919

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