Bar Chairman welcomes new Public Access changes

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Margaret McGowan, the Chairman of the Bar, is reported to have said today –

” We are very pleased to see these rule changes, which will make the Bar’s high quality and cost-effective services more accessible than ever before. It creates a level playing field for clients who are eligible for legal aid but wish to instruct a barrister privately and allows more flexibility for junior barristers as they start to build a practice….
We believe that a permissive regime is the most suitable way of structuring a modern legal services market….
The Bar has made strides forward in becoming more directly accessible, including developing BARCO, the Bar Council’s new escrow service, which facilitates the financial relationship between the Bar and its clients. Whilst the traditional referral model will remain prevalent, it is now even more straightforward for clients who choose to use public access services….”