New Contractual Terms: Joint statement by the Chairman of the Bar and the President of the Law Society

7 March 2013

Chairman of the Bar, Maura McGowan QC and President of the Law Society, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff have said:

"The two branches of the legal profession must work together to ensure the terms on which we do business with each other are fair and appropriate to barristers and solicitors. That is our common goal. It is in the public interest and it is in the interest of the profession to achieve that outcome.

"We very much hope that differences which have arisen between the Bar Council and the Law Society in relation to the terms on which barristers and solicitors do business with one another can be overcome. The new Contractual Terms which have been designed by the Bar Council were intended to provide a flexible framework for solicitors to instruct members of the Bar and appropriate protection for barristers for work which they have done, without placing unnecessary constraints on either side. 

"The Bar Council and the Law Society will be working together in the coming weeks to ensure that the contractual arrangements on which members of the profession do business address the issues which have been identified between us and to promote our common goal, which is in our clients' and our professional interest."