On a more serious note, the Gazette also reports the disappointing but not surprising news that 94% of legal aid firms have signed the new civil contract. The Legal Services Commission will no doubt see this as a victory, even if they don't say so, but I'm not so sure. Most legal aid firms could not possibly have restructured their businesses to do without legal aid work in the short time available. My view is that many of those firms that signed will now be starting such a restructuring process, with a view to giving up legal aid work as soon as it is viable to do so. Will the LSC still think this is a victory in a couple of years time?