We condemn government rhetoric that undermines lawyers’ integrity

We have condemned language from the home secretary and prime minister this week that undermines the integrity of solicitors working in immigration and criminal law.

Our response has been widely covered by the media.

Law Society president Simon Davis said: “Repeated government attacks on the integrity of the legal profession are deeply concerning. This divisive language serves nobody and puts lawyers and their clients at risk.

“Slinging insults at lawyers undermines the rule of law in an area where views are already hotly held on all sides and risks leading not just to verbal abuse but to lawyers being physically attacked for doing their job.

“It undermines a legal system which has evolved over many centuries, which helps ensure that power is not abused and that – where there are legal questions to be decided – citizens have access to legal advice and recourse through the courts, and will receive a fair hearing, no matter how their case is perceived publicly or by government.

“Attacks on members of the legal profession for doing their jobs do our country no credit. Government ministers must be unequivocal in their support for the rule of law.”

Read coverage in the Times (£), Independent, Guardian, Metro, Manchester Evening News, Scotsman, Daily Mail and Irish News.

Zeena Luchowa, from our Immigration Law Committee, spoke to the BBC News Channel (from 48 minutes) about the work of solicitors in asylum and immigration in light of government rhetoric referring to them as ‘activist lawyers’.

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