@BarCouncilChair I wish Mark all the best at the start of his tenure. He will need fortitude & resolution. Tact & diplomacy has accomplished very little in the past. The objective is to save the #CriminalBar. That can’t be done unless we remain unified with #CriminalSolicitors
We must never cut any deal at their expense, & we must stand shoulder to shoulder with them. Any Chair of The Bar or #CBA will be judged harshly if they do not screw their courage to the sticking place. Yes, the ironic source of that quotation is known to me.
If Government refuses to engage in negotiations aimed at averting the collapse of the #CriminalJusticeSystem, & restoring the crumbling Court Estate, the Bar must take unified action.
There have been many misjudged compromises over the past 30 years, consolidating inveterate failures in compensation, & working conditions that have contributed to the galloping decline in the number of criminal practitioners. We have doubtless assisted in our own near extinction
That is why it is vital that @BarCouncilChair takes the lead in communicating the consequences of this contemptuous neglect, which the #CriminalBar has been subjected to, over many years, with our #CriminalSolicitor colleagues.
The deconstruction of the #CJS by accident or design, by active steps, or reckless disregard, destroys values once held sacrosanct: each citizen’s #FreedomandEquality before the Law.

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#Colston4 there’s been much criticism of the verdict in this case. Frankly the verdict was unsurprising, even if against the weight of the evidence. Why? Because the harrowing impact of the expert evidence given by the historian David Olusoga provided cogent ammo to the defence
In this respect, a full measure of respect should be accorded to HHJ Peter Blair QC, The Recorder of Bristol. I don’t know him but he must be a wise & humane tribunal - perfect for the #Colston4
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He ended up living in a tent, illegally pitched in a park. It raises a profound problem. It also reminded me of a tragedy befalling two men.
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I submitted to a judge in Reading earlier this year that conditions in British Prisons were worse than as documented by Michael Ignatieff within Pentonville in the 1840s.
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