In the Media

Bar chair urges advocacy for free

PUBLISHED April 26, 2004

The head of the Bar Council last night asked barristers to work for free on some of Britain's most high-profile trials in an attempt to avert an unprecedented crisis in the criminal justice system. The chairman of the bar, Stephen Irwin QC, made the extraordinary request because a row with the lord chancellor, Lord Falconer, over a new fees agreement, threatens to leave defendants in some of the most serious cases without legal representation.