§ Mr. Whitaker
asked the Attorney-General whether he is aware that the new custom of a junior counsel, who is instructed with a Queen's Counsel, charging a fee on the hypothetical basis of what he would have earned if he had done the case alone is inconsistent with the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949's provision for payment of remuneration for work actually done; and what steps he will take to remedy this.
§ The Attorney-General
In legally aided cases, Counsel do not charge a fee. The amount of the fee which is paid is determined by the appropriate taxing authority, whose duty in fixing such a fee is to give effect to the Legal Aid and Advice Act, 1949. The Bar has voluntarily agreed to a 10 per cent. deduction from fees paid in High Court cases.