Lawyers 'were sheltered from the economic storm'
During the bad old days when the Troika was in town, it referred to legal and medical services as the "sheltered part of the economy".
European Commission official Istvan Szekely in particular was perplexed by our high legal costs.
He said these caused direct harm to the economy and that the legal profession and its costs needed to be brought "into the 21st century".
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