Category: Legal profession
Last month, Tooks Chambers announced in a statement on its website that it is to dissolve at the end of the year:
'It is with great regret that Tooks Chambers has decided to
begin the process of dissolution. Tooks Chambers has a proud record
of defending the rights of the under privileged and the oppressed.
From its early days of defending miners and their communities
during their year-long strike, consistently tackling miscarriages
of justice such as the Birmingham Six and representing the family
of Stephen Lawrence, to its current involvement in landmark cases
such as the Hillsborough inquests and the AHK judicial review,
members of chambers have sought to hold the state to account.
The dissolution of chambers is the direct result of government
policies on legal aid. The public service we provide is dependent
on public funding. Ninety per cent of our work is publicly funded.
The government policies led by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling are
cumulatively devastating the provision of legal services and
threatening the rule of law.
Tooks Chambers will continue to accept briefs until we wind up
our operations on 11 October 2013. Individual barristers will
continue to practise and to represent their clients. They will be
making arrangements for the continuation of their practices
that the interests of their clients will not be affected.
Tooks Chambers will not be formally dissolved until Friday 27
December 2013 so that we can ensure that all past work is billed
and fees are collected.
Chambers has established a consistently high standard of
professional service for nigh on 30 years in the field of human
civil rights. Its caring and vibrant ethos is Tooks Chambers to
close renowned. The vulnerable, the wrongly accused and the
disadvantaged have been at the core of our defence of social
justice. Our achievements both collectively and individually in
casework, training, seminars and campaigning have been well
documented and recognised. This is reflected in our record of
results, awards and rankings throughout this year.
Michael Mansfield QC and others are actively pursuing the
possibility of reconfiguring resources in order to create a new and
alternative working model based on an electronic hub and a compact
physical space. This is particularly intended to support publicly
funded practitioners who are committed to continuing the struggle
for social justice both inside and outside the courts.'