Axiom fund set up to fill legal aid ‘black hole’, court hears

A solicitor accused of dishonestly funnelling nearly £20m of investors’ money from a legal financing fund into his own pocket has told jurors the fund was set up to fill ‘the big black hole in the market’ after access to legal aid was reduced. Timothy Schools is said to have received ‘just over £19.5m’ from the Cayman Islands-registered Axiom Legal Financing Fund before it collapsed in 2012. He allegedly used some of the money to pay for an estate in Cumbria, a personal trainer and football season tickets.

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Voss report is unsatisfyingly hollow and narrow

Tets Ishikawa of LionFish criticises the Voss report as “unsatisfyingly hollow and narrow”, pointing out that the reference to funders’ returns being up to 300% or even 3000% is heavily misguided, the report fails to define the claimant group it is seeking to protect, and that it fundamentally misses the real crux of the issue, which is that making losing defendants pay the cost of funding is a far more obvious way to address the issues identified in the report.

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