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Why Tuckers is abandoning the traditional Bar

'The fact that the Criminal Bar Association just announced that they will not be calling for barristers to return to direct action bears the whiff of a backroom deal', writes Adam Makepeace

22 June 2015

Little over a year ago, I argued that the institution of chambers was an anachronism in the delivery of criminal defence services.

For those who prefer a summary than recourse to the full judgement, the basic premise was that, up until last year, there was a considerable commercial driver for solicitors' firms to retain advocacy in-house.

The leadership of the Bar, in an attempt to preserve the status quo, were, by their actions, tearing at the fabric of the traditional relationship between solicitors and barristers. The historical glue that preserved the traditional order was being eroded. The result was that the mutual mistrust which previously existed between firms of solicitors when considering which advocate to choose was being replaced by mistrust of the Bar.

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