Watch Lord Dyson’s judgment, in association with Sky News.

Assessing advocates’ performance in court does not undermine the independence of the advocate or the judiciary and interferes neither with fundamental rights nor constitutional principles, Master of the rolls Lord Dyson ruled today.

He was dismissing an appeal by barristers against the Legal Service Board’s decision to proceed with the Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates (QASA). ‘The common law does not insist that all possible pressures on the advocate to act improperly must be eliminated,’ he said. Watch the judgment here.