Veteran lawyer loses crown as prime authorized support earner as Covid pandemic slashes revenue

Veteran lawyer Donald Findlay has misplaced his crown as Scotland’s prime authorized support earner.

The previous Rangers vice-chairman’s revenue has been slashed on account of Covid-19, new figures present.

QC Findlay topped the advocates’ checklist in 2019-20 with £399,000. It was the third time in 5 years he had been the nation’s highest authorized support earner.

However his revenue fell by greater than half in 2020-21 to £144,000.

Findlay, 70, was solely the ninth highest-earning advocate through the 12 months.

The checklist is topped by Tony Lenehan with £229,000, a drop of £105,000. In second place is John McElroy with £186,000 whereas Louise Arrol is subsequent with £182,000.

Scotland’s annual authorized support invoice fell from £130.9million to £99.1million, with courtroom closures and delays brought on by the pandemic accountable.

Colin Lancaster, of the Scottish Authorized Support Board, stated: “The justice system has been hit arduous by the influence of Covid-19. However the authorized career has continued to ship frontline providers.

“This has ensured that these in want have had the prospect to obtain the assistance the authorized support system is there to offer.”

The checklist comes amid new considerations about the price of taking a civil courtroom case in Scotland, stated to be the most costly within the UK exterior London.

Authorized professional Jim Diamond, who’s been requested by the Scottish Authorities to assist reform the system, claims attorneys are routinely overcharging their shoppers, with some charging as much as £500 an hour.

The Scottish Authorities stated: “Enhancements are wanted to additional assist entry to justice.”

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