The appeal court has overturned a High Court judgment that delays by the Legal Services Commission in seeking to recover payments on account amounted to an abuse of process.

The LSC had sought to recoup an alleged overpayment of ?109,064 made to barrister Aisha Henthorn relating to cases undertaken between 1987 and 2000 under a civil legal aid certificate.

There was no allegation or suggestion of impropriety by Henthorn, who is now in her seventies and voluntarily disbarred herself in 2001 due to ill health.

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