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Bar set to banish alcoholic barristers

This piece from The Independent reveals that as far back as 2000 there was significant cause for concern that alcohol and drug taking in the legal professions was undermining public faith.

Michael Scott, the Bar Complaints commissioner, said the measure was needed to deal with barristers who were a “danger to the public and themselves”. He identified the prime area of concern as alcoholism . . . According to Solcare, lawyers are dying from liver cirrhosis at twice the average national rate.

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