Wealthy barristers urged to pay for student training

Barristers have been urged to back Robin Hood-esque plans for the rich to pay pupils’ tuition fees, after it was reported that some commercial chambers were set to oppose them.

Lord Alexander of Weedon QC, joint head of 3/4 South Square and Chancellor of Exeter University, is rallying support for the proposals.

The report by Sir Robin Mountfield found that high debts are deterring students from training as barristers. It suggested that barristers earning more than £100,000 a year should pay 0.25 per cent towards student training and those on £250,000 should pay 0.5 per cent.

Lord Alexander said: ”The commercial and specialist Bar can afford to give their support.”