Wednesday September 23, 2020

Barristers’ Covid-19 income loss could see many leave profession

Bar of Ireland members must pay subscriptions every year, costing thousands, which many now struggle with

6th September, 2020
Members pay subscriptions, monthly or quarterly, and we have definitely noticed the number of payments have slowed in recent months,” - Ciara Murphy, chief executive of the Bar of Ireland

The loss of income for barristers due to Covid-19 restrictions and the likelihood that some will leave the profession “is a matter of great concern” to the Bar of Ireland.

Neither the criminal courts nor civil courts shut entirely during the lockdown, but sittings were greatly reduced and many cases were adjourned until the winter, or Michaelmas term.

“Members pay subscriptions, monthly or quarterly, and we have definitely noticed the number of payments...

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