Bar Council calls for public apology from Prime Minister and Home Secretary
Following reports over the weekend of a violent knife attack at a law firm in September, and following her letter to the Prime Minister regarding his recent anti-lawyer comments, Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar Council, which represent all barristers in England and Wales, said:
"There should never be a situation when a British Prime Minister, Home Secretary and other Government ministers need to be called upon to stop deliberately inflammatory language towards a profession simply doing its job in the public interest.
"Shockingly, we've arrived at that point. As this same government has proclaimed, lawyers are essential workers and play a critical role in making sure the nation's justice system continues to operate.
"Even if it was never the intention of this Government to incite violence against members of the legal profession, the fact the personal safety of lawyers is now at risk demands an immediate retraction of the ill-judged comments made in recent weeks by the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary, as well as a public apology.”