The merits of joining forces with the Law Society and CILEx; the need to help facilitate the transition to the new world, even if its flaws are readily apparent; the Bar as guardians of the Rule of Law; and a fond farewell.
Michael Todd QC, Chairman of the Bar
This last year, I have come to realise, even more clearly than before, that you cannot please all people all of the time, and you cannot please some people any of the time. Add to that the fact that messages can be misconstrued and you have a recipe for misunderstandings. I have been portrayed as “calling for” the abolition of the Legal Services Board. I have not. In answer to a direct question, I did say that I thought it should be abolished and I said why. It is something to desire an outcome, it is another actively to pursue it. To “call for” the LSB’s abolition, so soon after its existence was extended following the MoJ’s triennial review of the LSB, would be pointless. Someone recently suggested that I am “anti-solicitor”. Nothing could be further from the truth. After all, I have been married to a solicitor for several decades. I have the highest regard for what solicitors do, and how they practise.