Barristers forced out of publicly funded work

Barristers are being forced out of publicly funded work because of a decline in their pay, Matthias Kelly QC (left), the chairman of the Bar Council told the Bar Conference on Saturday (11 October). He also emphasised the public interest in retaining the silk system and attacked multidisciplinary partnerships as a threat to the independence of the bar. He called for the judicial appointments commission to be free of “political placemen”.