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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: A word from the Chairman

The Criminal Bar Association has been battling with the Ministry of Justice over its statistics for more than a year. We claim that the need to cut our fees is not made out and the figures issued are misleading.
We also claim that the figures of the average earnings of members  of the criminal Bar have been grossly exaggerated in a manner to make the public hostile towards what they are encouraged to regard as an overpaid profession.
On the day of the protest by the Bar, the 6th January, the MOJ chose to issue the fanciful figure that the average earnings were £84000 pa. For some reason they  ignored  the lowest earners,  included VAT and excluded  expenses. They chose to slew the figures. The true figures were the criminal bar earning no more on average than £34k before tax and many far less.
Our cries went unheard, until now. But it seems the concerns are taken up by UK Statistical Authority who begin to take the MOJ to task for potentially misleading us. This is an outrage and frankly the public and the profession have a right to expect more from a Ministry of Justice. This is Britain.

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