In brief: Lord Irvine reaffirms pledge to lawyers

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, has reaffirmed the Government's commitment to extending rights of audience for lawyers appearing as advocates in higher court cases. Speaking at the annual dinner of the Solicitors' Association of Higher Court Advocates, Lord Irvine said: “We are determined to establish a system which is faster, more straightforward and more just than the one we have today.”