Top civil rights lawyer Birnberg retires

Leading civil rights lawyer and BM Birnberg & Co senior partner, Benedict Birnberg, is to retire in April, forcing the closure of the firm's London Bridge office.

The firm will continue to practise as Birnberg Pierce from the Camden office, with Gareth Pierce taking the helm as senior partner.

Birnberg says the closure of the London Bridge office will lead to a number of redundancies, but not among the fee earners.

Birnberg, who has been in practice for 41 years and who acted in the Derek Bentley case, says that after retiring he plans to campaign for a National Legal Service.

Birnberg says: “The running down of legal aid will lead to the deprivation of access to justice for many people.”