In Practice: A class apart


It's been something of a quiet week for professional news.

I suppose I should mention that the SRA has extended the deadline for renewing practising certificates to the end of February. This applies to all those renewing, irrespective of name. The SRA does emphasise that it is still important to renew as soon as possible, presumably in case of (further) problems.

Returning to the issue of fusion, solicitor Richard Burnett-Hall wrote a letter that was published in the Gazette yesterday, in favour of the President of the Law Society's idea that solicitors and barristers should undergo the same training. He pointed out the costs of training for the Bar and the risk of meagre earnings for newly-qualified barristers, all of which:
"...means that the intake is substantially skewed towards those with independent means who are often privately educated. This not only discourages able candidates from other backgrounds, but more insidiously maintains the public’s impression that the bar and the judiciary are predominantly public school- and Oxbridge-educated, and from a class apart."
All very commendable, although if this is the same Richard Burnett-Hall who works as a consultant at Bristows, I note that not only does he have a double-barrelled surname, he also has an MA from Cambridge. Perhaps some solicitors are also a class apart...

And that's about it for this week. As I have finished early, I shall now retire to my club, where I shall have a G and T whilst gazing out of the window, watching the great unwashed go about their menial lives...

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