In brief: Thwaites drops action against Bar

Ronald Thwaites QC has dropped plans to take further constitutional or legal action against the Bar Council over its plans to introduce a revamped complaints scheme involving fines for a new complaint of inadequate professional services. Thwaites, who led a successful campaign against the scheme in an open meeting last year, said his decision was partly influenced by the apparently limited number of barristers who had any interest in the issue. “I believe I was justified in mounting a campaign to increase the Bar's awareness of what was proposed,” he said. However, he remains “implacably opposed” to the scheme and will keep a watching brief on developments. Thwaites has informed Bar chair David Penry-Davey QC of his decision. He welcomed the Criminal Bar Association's amendment requiring proof of actual loss.