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pounds 40k-a-week football stars get legal aid , why can't we; Adoption woman in new legal fight.

Byline: By CARL BUTLER

INTERNET adoption woman Judith Kilshaw was today due to represent struck-off husband Alan in his bid to be reinstated as a solicitor.

The Kilshaws, who shot to fame after adopting American twin girls through a US baby broker, were refused legal aid to present their case.

It meant 49-year-old Judith, of Shotton, had no option but to make the High Court application.

Alan, 50, was struck off the Law Society register in 2002 after he was found to have used clients' money improperly.

'In this case, the Law Society themselves said there was no dishonesty,' said Judith last night.

'Why strike him off in the first place when in other cases which have involved dishonesty, they were suspended for three years?

'The Legal Aid Board are still being quite bullish about this whole issue and they won't move on it. 'I find it grossly unfair that there will be the Law Society, and no doubt a QC, against just Alan and me.'

Judith compared the couple's case with that of Bolton Wanderers forward El-Hadji Diouf.

The Senegalese international, a two-time former African Footballer of the Year, was granted legal aid after being charged with spitting at an 11year-old fan during a match in November.

Judith said: 'If a professional footballer on about pounds 40,000 a week can qualify for legal aid, why on Earth can't we?'

The mother-of-four said her husband was told he could present the case himself.

But she said they sent medical certificates to the Legal Aid Board proving Alan was medically unfit to make the application.

And with her husband also declared bankrupt, Judith last night asked what other criteria the couple must fulfil to qualify for help.

The Kilshaws were due to appear before two judges in the Administrative Division of the High Court, at The Strand, in London, this morning.

But Judith said she was not hopeful. 'I've only heard of one case ever succeeding, so what chance do I have?'

There was no one available to comment at the Legal Aid Board yesterday

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Date:Jun 20, 2005
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