Responding to the Ministry of Justice’s decision to scrap its new fixed fees arrangements in immigration and asylum appeals. Amanda Pinto QC, Chair of the Bar Council, said:

“This is a common-sense decision by the Ministry of Justice. It means those who need legal support in immigration appeals will still be able to access that support, whilst those barristers and other legal professionals providing vital legal services in immigration appeals will not be expected to work for free or for a very low fee, which was likely to be the case under the scheme that the Ministry had introduced without proper consultation. The fact the Lord Chancellor was willing to listen to the Bar Council and other organisations’ concerns on this issue is a positive sign and shows what a collective and collaborative effort can achieve.”