Saturday, 24 October 2009

Barristers stare poverty in the eye shocker

BARRISTERS in Northern Ireland are threatening to strike over pay-cut threat.

Poverty stricken barristers are faced with the horrible prospect of having to give up north Down mansions and leafy suburbia detached residences if Government plans to cut chunks out of the legal aid budget.

If such a thing were to happen, the poor downtrodden bewigged ones say they may form picket lines, whistle the Internationale and come over all Trotskyite.

After all, they claim, only a few of them earn six figure sums, still fewer have become millionaires in the enquiry frenzy, and they even have to pay for their own wigs.

If they don’t get top dollar for cases they may abandon criminal court for the more lucrative civil and judicial review merry-go-round.

Which, given the education mess around academic selection, means they can still coin it in - challenging the grammar schools’ new entrance exams.

If you want to see the list of the top 100 paid counsel in 2007/2008 click here (the lowest paid counsel got £37,496 and the highest paid got £716,915 not including VAT)

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