Sir, - I am struck by the contrast between small damages awarded recently by Irish courts and high legal fees. Prospective litigants should first go to a doctor to have their heads examined.

One is almost tempted to sympathise with thieves, when only lawyers benefit from the law. Voltaire said: "I have only been bankrupt twice. Once, when I lost a lawsuit, second, when I won one." - Yours, etc.,

High Valley,

Co Wicklow.