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Felix | Lawyers to the rescue

We may be unappreciated and unloved members of society, but we are worth hanging on to, says Felix

13 July 2012

We all know that governments would rather we were not here. Ours is a thankless and unappreciated role in society. Barristers tend to make a nuisance of themselves: vultures making miserable people even more unhappy for totally worthless reasons. It will be all so much easier when all the prosecuting is done in-house by the CPS and all the defending is done cheaply by solicitors and in-house advocates who may not actually be very good at it, but that does not matter so long as it costs as little ?as possible.

There are, presumably, the odd occasions when governments do like barristers – when a government is in a fix then suddenly there is a point to a specialist advocate who really knows their stuff and can fight the case as if it is their last. On these occasions a government is not suggesting that one of its lawyers from the office can pop down to court and do a rushed job on it to save a bit of cash. It’s a funny o...

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