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Most barristers believe in the public value of an independent Bar, but differences of opinion arise over whether it could retain its independence in an open marketThe Bar has a reputation for being suspicious of change. Put that together with barristers’ dread of a badly prepared set of papers and you can see why traditionalists are wary of some of the potential consequences of the introduction of the new regime for broadened direct access. But the new rules present a number of opportunities for the Bar which, if carefully managed, can lead to useful new sources of work.

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