In brief: Barristers receive double-barrelled fee blast

Barristers came under renewed attack last week over the size of their fees. First it was revealed that the House of Lords had blocked the payment of fees to four QCs until an inquiry is held into the level of barristers' fees in criminal legally-aided appeals. Then Mr Justice Lightman, in a speech to the Chancery Bar Association, said that there was an “element of truth” to the public's view that the granting of silk constituted a licence to print money. (See story opposite).