Quoted in Legalweek.com
Recent changes in funding have been stretching finances of all barristers practising criminal law. I took the view that something had to be done. I am quoted in the lead article today (19th September 2011) talking about this issue.
The irony of the situation is that all barristers I meet are very very busy. I have a busy diary full of serious work. However, if the government fails to pay barristers for the work that they do, there will be no choice than to concentrate on private work. This is fine in terms of raising money for barristers, but it means that those who are most vulnerable will not be given the same high level of representation that their case might deserve.
Perhaps now, more than ever, should the true value of the Bar be recognised and preserved.