THE LEGAL SERVICES COMMISSION CANNOT FUND A CASE ASSESSED AS POOR
On the whole I believe that the LSC followed it’s procedures. They appointed an independent QC who assessed the Epilim case and came to the conclusion that under British law the case stood a poor chance of success. The LSC panel then decided it would therefore not be right to use taxpayers money on a litigation unlikely to succeed as Sanofi –Aventis defence costs would be payable if we lost.
We have appealed the decision to withdraw funding and failed. The LSC have denied Legal Aid for a Judicial Review. Even if we (litigation friends) paid for a Judicial Review the case could potentially still only be assessed as poor as British legislation doesn’t cover the issue of ‘defect’ clearly enough and leaves there far too much scope for interpretation.
Who regulates the Legal Services Commission?
Discontinuance notices are being served by the Claimants to the Defendants, Sanofi-Aventis and the case will be dropped on 28th January 2011.
There is a hearing at The Royal Courts of Justice at 10.30 on 28th January 2011.