Law firms accused of Legal Aid collusion
A small number of law firms are getting disproportionate amounts of criminal Legal Aid work through their close relationships with the police, according to MPs on a parliamentary committee.
Just eight law firms have been awarded two-thirds of the Legal Aid budget, according to MPs. The committee - chaired by Giorgos Georgiou MP - says it will push for legislation to stamp out the practice. Another MP, Irini Charalambidou, gave information to the committee which suggests that some lawyers are also indulging in tax evasion. She spoke of two lawyers from Limassol who had received €460,000 over the last six years in Legal Aid but whose tax returns did not show receipt of this income. Source: Cyprus Mail
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