A law firm representing alleged victims of assaults in institutions linked to the child abuse inquiry has welcomed Baroness Butler-Sloss' decision to stand down.
"We are relieved that Lady Butler-Sloss has taken this decision to stand down," Alison Millar of Leigh Day said.
"This was the only sensible decision to ensure that survivors and the public could feel confident that the inquiry was not going to be jeopardised by accusations of bias," she added.
– Alison Millar, Leigh Day law firm
The issue was never the integrity of Lady Butler-Sloss or what she knew of her brother's actions as the chief legal adviser to the Government. It was always the fact that she would ultimately have to judge those actions.
This would never have been acceptable for an inquiry which requires not only to be transparent but to be seen as such by those who have in the past been so badly failed by the establishment.