Help us #MakeTheCase

Support for the justice system as a result of Covid-19

We need you to help us make the case to Government for urgent support to prevent the Bar from collapse.

The Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on barristers across England and Wales and further support from the Chancellor of the Exchequer for the self-employed Bar in particular is crucial.

Without this, our research shows more than half of all barristers will be forced to leave the profession within six months. This means justice will be in real danger.

Please write to and Tweet your local MP, asking them to put forward the Bar Council's five recommendations to the Treasury and help us protect the future of the justice system:

1. Expand the types of acceptable evidence required to be eligible for self-employed relief, to include those under the £50,000 threshold who don’t have 2018/2019 tax returns.

2. Increase the threshold above the £50,000 trading profit for self-employed barristers, to ensure that more junior barristers are eligible for relief, going some way to ensuring the sustainability of the profession.

3. Extend business rates exemption relief to barristers’ chambers.

4. Provide an urgent rescue package for publicly funded barristers who provide a vital public service but who are ineligible for the self-employed scheme.

5. Provide an urgent rescue package for barristers’ chambers doing publicly funded work.

Write:

Find your local MP here

Download the template letter to your MP

Please copy in PublicAffairs@BarCouncil.org.uk when you write to your MP or forward on so we can track how many letters have been sent.

Tweet:

Head to Twitter and use the hashtag #MakeTheCase to Tweet your MP or tell us if you've already done it and why the cause matters to you.

Pass it on:

Ask others to join us in showing the Government just how many people these changes would help. Share experiences of how the lack of support is affecting you on our social media channels - Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram - using the hashtag #MakeTheCase.

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