Senior counsels are defending the fees they charge clients, saying there is no empirical evidence to support the contention that they are too high. The lawyers also said yesterday the fees would depend upon factors such as “the research needed, experience of the lawyer” and “the intensity of the work”.

Dean of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Faculty of Law in St Augustine Prof Rose-­Marie Belle Antoine on Monday stirred up a hornet’s nest with her statement that lawyers’ fees were too high in Trinidad and Tobago, and may be the highest in the Carib­bean.

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Government has allocated $7 million “in the first instance” to its bulb replacement programme which is expected to last over a two-year period, Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte said yesterday.