Maura McGowan KC

Maura McGowan KC

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Maura McGowan QC

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Silk, 2 Bedford Row

2 Bedford Row is one of the country’s leading criminal and regulatory sets specialising in high profile fraud and murder cases, health and safety and professional disciplinary proceedings.

17 February 2014
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Paying the Bar

With frustrations common on both sides, Maura McGowan QC, Chairman of the Bar, investigates the process by which the Legal Aid Agency pays barristers, and Matthew Coats, its Chief Executive, explains the agency’s work and priorities.

I do not generally suffer from paranoid delusions but I confess to a belief that any file in my name which arrived at the Legal Aid Agency was spirited away and hidden behind a filing cabinet for a few months before being dusted down in order to be rejected because I had missed a full stop. Having spoken to practitioners over the last year or two I have discovered that I am not alone. Why do so many of us think this is what is happening? Are they out to get us?

30 September 2013
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Justice at the polls

The Chair of the Bar launches a Manifesto for Justice as campaigning gets under way

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