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Home secretary’s ‘dangerous’ rhetoric ‘putting lawyers at risk’

Solicitors and barristers say they feel unsafe and warn Home Office attacks on lawyers are undermining the legal system

Leading immigration lawyers have told the Guardian that increasingly hostile rhetoric from the home secretary is putting them at risk of being attacked as well as undermining the legal system.

On Sunday home secretary Priti Patel used a speech at the Conservative party conference to criticise lawyers who defend migrants, linking them directly with traffickers who help asylum-seekers to cross borders.

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