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Exclusive: Top barrister leaves chambers after rape comments
21 March 2014
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Controversial barrister Barbara Hewson has suddenly disappeared from her set, Hardwicke Chambers.

Hewson hit the headlines last year when she claimed that victims of rape could be partly to blame for their assault. She also criticised the doubling of the sentence handed down to paedophile Stuart Hall, advocated reducing the age of consent to 13 and suggested that rape victims should lose their anonymity.

Predictable outrage ensued. Hewson was demolished by the media, a petition was launched with the aim of getting the Law Society (sic) to "fire her", and Hardwicke had to put out a statement saying that it was "shocked" by her comments and completely disassociating itself from them.

    Barbara Hewson doing some barristering yesterday

And now she has vanished. The set confirmed that she was no longer there, but wouldn't comment on the reasons why. All sorts of rumours are circulating, but Hardwicke has a habit of reaching for injunctions when its barristers disappear under mysterious circumstances. So for now they'll have to remain unpublished.

RollOnFriday was unable to contact Hewson.

Stop press: 1 Grays Inn Square have confirmed today that Hewson will be joining their set. A spokesman said the set was delighted to have her.
 

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anonymous user
21/03/2014 12:57
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50 shades of Grays Inn! So much for freedom of speech. Poor show Hardwicke!
Lydia
21/03/2014 14:27
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She has done some really good work . I hope she has something else to do. A sad loss.
x1
21/03/2014 15:34
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Lydia, you know I have crazy respect for ya, but.....
Irrespective of her lawyering skills, don't you find her comments offensive? Let's not pretend this has anything to do with freedom of speech - she is entitled to speak her opinion - but I would be surprised if the progressive Lydia concurred with the following:
"victims of rape could be partly to blame for their assault [and that] rape victims should lose their anonymity.

What say you?
Nexis
22/03/2014 15:46
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I'm very pleased to see that Barbara is moving to a new set. She is a fantastic barrister and has done some wonderful work on the human rights side of her practice in particular. Some of her comments are controversial (but less controversial than the headlines would have you believe, if you read them in context).
anonymous user
26/03/2014 10:26
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It is only in the M25 media bubble that her views seem controversial
anonymous user
26/03/2014 12:42
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To anonymous at 10:26, it really, really isn't.
anonymous user
06/04/2014 07:54
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Barbara Hewson is awesome. Her bravery at pointing out some truths during this hysterical time elevates her head and shoulders above her peers. This is one lady you would want on your side in any scrap. Hardwicke are the losers here and 1 Grays Inn Square the absolute winners.
anonymous user
14/11/2015 21:39
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All of the UK's Satanic Ritual Abusers will be rejoicing as we speak at their new poster girl?
  

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