I refer to the article of 27 April ‘Long live the cab rank’, which I took to mean that there is a compulsory cab rank rule at the bar.
This is not the case and it is a myth peddled by the bar to suggest they have higher standards than solicitors and, sadly, to obstruct reforms such as wider rights of audience which benefit solicitors.
Many years ago a friend at the bar told me his clerk did not allow him to do legal aid work. Another barrister reminded me that some chambers will not act for landlords.
I have yet to meet a solicitor who believes barristers must take on any case, although we all accept that many do.
It really is time for the myth to be exorcised.
Alasdair Darroch, retired circuit judge (Norwich), Horstead, Norfolk