Barristers protest with placards in landmark walk-out

Thousands of barristers have chosen not to attend proceedings at courts in cities across the country today in an unprecedented walk-out by members of the criminal bar.

housands of barristers have chosen not to attend proceedings at courts in cities across the UK today. Credit: PA

Barristers and solicitors went on "strike" in cities including London, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Winchester, Bristol and Cardiff.

Barristers and solicitors outside Southwark Crown Court, London, during a nationwide strike against Government plans to cut fees. Credit: PA

The nationwide protest, in response to Government plans to cut fees as part of a bid to slash £220 million from the legal aid budget by 2018/19, is the first in the history of the criminal bar.

The protest adopted the hashtag #fight4legalaid Credit: PA

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Courts 'effectively inoperable' due to nationwide walk-out

Barristers across England and Wales will walk out of work this morning to protest against government cuts to legal aid. The chair of the Criminal Bar Association predicted the move would render courts 'effectively inoperable'.