Friday 17 May 2019 / 4:36 PM Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti to address Criminal Bar Association conference

Shami Chakrabarti, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, will address the Criminal Bar Association conference in central London on Saturday 18th of May and offer criminal barristers support in their pay dispute with the CPS.

On low pay for lawyers, barristers and those in the legal profession, Shami Chakrabarti will say:

“Politicians of all stripes have talked a good game on law and order for years. But talk is cheap and justice more expensive. I know that dedicated and highly skilled criminal lawyers are being driven to ill health or out of the profession by rates as low as £50 a day in court, when even the current too low legal minimum wage would provide £65 for an eight hour working day.

“No caring professional ever wants to strike. But criminal barristers have to feed their families just like doctors, nurses and teachers. The twenty year fee freeze is a national disgrace and if the Government and CPS do not act, you will have my solidarity on the picket line.

“Proper remuneration for prosecutors and defenders is as vital to improving access to the bar as it is to maintaining the Rule of Law. You have been sorely let down for far too long and the next Labour Government will act to rebuild your trust and a criminal justice system on its knees.”