Crime barristers strike over legal aid cuts as solicitors call for leaders to resign By Jonathan Ames 7 March 2014 00:02 17 December 2015 11:27 Sign in or register to continue reading. It's FREE Sign in Email Password Keep me logged in Forgot your password? Not registered? It's FREE! Register now Register with The Lawyer Will Clegg 7 March 2014 at 10:11 Fluck and Hudson are clinging on under false premise, there is no way anyone in the lgal profession has any confidence in them anymore and by staying put they are damaging the reputation of the Law Society. I think it’s only right that a ‘no returns’ policy be implemented. When crime barristers chambers face a massive exodus of professionals in the coming months they can’t afford to be doing favours for the Government, especially when it’s the Government that is causing this. Reply Link Anonymous 7 March 2014 at 10:57 The self-employed go on strike. Hilarious. Reply Link Anonymous 7 March 2014 at 11:53 Not showing up for court dates? Shouldn’t that be grounds for disciplinary action? Reply Link Liz 7 March 2014 at 17:00 I’m glad anonymous finds it hilarious that we self employed barristers are going on strike. We have the worst of both worlds – no paid holiday, no pension , no sick pay and yet we are paid by government departments who dictate what we get paid and when we get it. I’d love to see other people’s reaction to getting a hefty pay cut. We are not fat cat lawyers- I live in a council house, drive a small 04 plate car and an a single parent. We strike for you “anonymous” so that when your partner leaves and won’t let you see your kids you have some recourse, for when you are wrongly accused of a crime you haven’t committed that there will be someone fighting your corner, for when your bank repossesses your home that someone will be there to try to prevent it. I hope you still find it hilarious. Many barristers do work for free (pro bono). Does your plumber come and fix your sink for free or your mechanic your car? Well we will because ensuring justice is done is a cornerstone of a fair society. Reply Link Louise 8 March 2014 at 07:28 Well said Liz, and shame on you anonymous. Like you Liz I am far from a fat cat, but that seems to be how society views us. The costs of being self employed such as Chambers fees, clerks fees, insurance, practicing certificate, travel expenses (sometimes to the other side of the country for little recompense), tax….. Etc makes the profession an expensive one. In addition to that the constant cuts and the more hours (generally after 5pm or weekends when people like anonymous are out enjoying time with their family or in the pub) instead we are working on briefs for very little pay. Anyone can buy a car-credit companies are very happy to assist you in buying one, so hardly the greatest example. Let’s hope Anonymous doesn’t require our services in the future. Reply Link Dayglo Dave 8 March 2014 at 08:32 Liz – I think I echo the views of the vast majority of visitors to this site. There is absolutely nothing funny about the plight of criminal barristers. What the Government is doing is outrageous. The view expressed by Anonymous @ 10.57am is probably that of a wet-behind-the-ears trainee is some large corporate firm in the City – arrogant, ignorant and repellant. Reply Link barrie cunning 8 March 2014 at 17:15 well said liz…. Reply Link Anonymous 9 March 2014 at 19:18 Let’s be honest with ourselves: if you were interested in justice alone you’d work for a non-profit, not in private practice. What these strikes are are about is softening the blow of an poor career decision for a group of lawyers who overvalue their own work. Nobody is forcing you to work at the criminal bar. Reply Link Anonymous 11 March 2014 at 00:28 Criminal lawyers are often undervalued until one needs to call upon one. I fully support this action. More of it I say! Reply Link Laura 13 March 2014 at 11:05 Completely agree with Liz – these actions by the Gov don’t take people’s livelihoods into account and the additional costs. Reply Link Name Email Cancel reply Threaded commenting powered by interconnect/it code.