Barristers back on strike for five days over pay

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They lobbied MPs and had rallies outside Birmingham, Manchester and Winchester Crown Courts. The Ministry of Justice has offered a 15 per cent legal aid fee rise in September but it is not immediate and will not apply to backlogged cases.

Criminal Bar Association chair Jo Sidhu QC said crime victims were being left to languish by “the massive exodus of criminal barristers”.

But a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said the pay rise was “generous”.

The CBA plans to strike on alternate weeks with the next one starting on August 1.

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