Bar Council welcomes Lord Chancellor's decision to scrap two-tier contracting

28 January 2016

The Bar Council has welcomed the Lord Chancellor's announcement today that the Government is to dispense with the two-tier contracting system.

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, Chairman of the Bar, said:

"I welcome the Lord Chancellor's statement  today that the Government has decided not to proceed with plans to introduce Dual Contracts.

"The Bar Council has always opposed the two-tier scheme. We have consistently asked the Ministry of Justice and the Legal Aid Agency to re-consider their plans.

"Today's decision to scrap the scheme is the right one. It shows that the Lord Chancellor has listened to the legal profession's concerns about access to justice and is acting upon them.

"We look forward to continuing our discussions with the Ministry and the Legal Aid Agency on a range of measures to enhance and sustain high quality criminal advocacy."


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