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There is a basic error in Mr Conway's assessment of the relative cost of a lawyer v the cost of eviction. If the defendant wins then the overall cost is likely to be lower as there are no associated eviction costs. If, however, the defendant loses then the legal costs need to be added to the costs associated with eviction.

Mr Conway's assumption appears to be that most people who are threatened with eviction should not be evicted and lawyers will ensure this in court. If this were true then yes it will be cheaper than allowing these clients to be evicted. But is the premise correct?

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