LETTERS: Balancing solicitors' needs and clients' rights

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From Mr James P. Horan

Sir: I was interested to read your article "Blair in plea to lawyers" (5 October). Are all trades and professions now to be expected to work for free?

If I need an electrician or other tradesman, I have to pay his bill, if need be by borrowing money from the bank. If people need dental treatment not covered by the NHS, does the dentist provide a free service?

Newspapers and Yellow Pages are full of advertisements by solicitors offering free initial interviews, but you never see any from any other profession or trades.

Yours sincerely,

James P. Horan

Stockport, Lancashire

5 October