Barrister hits at 'noses in trough'

Ian Glen QC gave an interview to Counsel magazine

Ian Glen QC gave an interview to Counsel magazine

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A leading barrister has bemoaned the "decline of humility" in the legal profession.

Ian Glen QC told a legal magazine that "liberal advertising regulations" and "micro specialisation" had encouraged "self-promotion".

He said, in an interview with Counsel magazine, that changes had only helped those who "outpace the rest in getting their noses into the trough".

And "worst of all", some barristers seemed to believe their own publicity and measured success in money terms, he said.

Mr Glen, a barrister for 35 years, said that had led to "exaggerated claims" on the legal aid fund.

Interviewers, who compiled a profile of Mr Glen for the latest edition of the magazine, asked what changes he had seen "for the worst".

"Worst of all has been the decline of humility," said Mr Glen. "Advocacy is not about the advocate ."

Mr Glen - who has been a QC, or "silk", for 18 years - was also asked where he saw himself in five years' time.

"Most of us are contemplating doing something completely different without knowing quite what it is," he said.

"I have considered the discreet advert 'Disillusioned senior silk with bags of life experience seeks new challenge' but I can't decide where to place it. Any ideas?"

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11:44am Tue 12 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

Barristers, MPs, councillors, PCCs.... not in it for the people they represent, are they?
Barristers, MPs, councillors, PCCs.... not in it for the people they represent, are they? speedy231278
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