§ Mr. Lock
Under the system in place until 31 March 2000, solicitors were unlikely to obtain legal aid to defend negligence cases as they would not usually be financially eligible. Generally they would also have the benefit of professional indemnity insurance.
In the last five years for which figures are available, the number of certificates issued to claimants in actions for legal professional negligence was:
Number 1993–94 3,342 1994–95 3,509 1995–96 3,717 1996–97 2,959 1997–98 2,365
Figures from 1998–99 onwards are not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.