Bar Council reaction to Government appointments
Following the appointments announced as part of Liz Truss’s new Government, Mark Fenhalls QC Chair of the Bar Council said:
“The Bar Council welcomes the appointment of senior cabinet members and extends congratulations to Brandon Lewis MP as the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, and Michael Ellis QC MP reappointed as the Attorney General. We look forward to meeting to discuss the many challenges faced by the justice system.
“An open and accessible justice system that upholds the rule of law is more critical than ever. The Government must commit to sufficiently funding the legal system so that the public gets the service it deserves and stop the attacks on lawyers that undermine confidence in the rule of law and the UK’s legal sector at home and abroad.
“The most urgent problem to fix is in the criminal courts and that means barristers must be paid the same for the backlog cases as for new cases.
“A change at the very top of Government offers a chance to find new solutions.”