The bar 2020: Divide and rule

The Paradox of Criminal Barristers and the Commercial Bar; Trend suggests the Bar to splinter into three

According to a report in The Lawyer, the barrister profession may be heading for a three-way split. With pressure from legal aid cuts on the one hand and inflating lawyer fees on the other, the divergence between the criminal and commercial bar has never been starker.

The rapid changes in the UK legal market are the main reasons of this effect which has been cited in the reports from The Lawyer’s UK demonstrating the future statistics.

It is predicted over the coming decades the commercial bar will accelerate ahead, fuelled by litigation and will be far from the mid-market. The mid-market largely consisting of employment and personal injury work will be affected by recent changes to civil courts and procedures following the Jackson reforms. The cuts to legal aid will drastically impact upon the criminal bar.


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