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Bar Council chair criticises ‘thin-skinned’ Raab for not meeting him

Exclusive: Derek Sweeting QC claims lord chancellor has snubbed him over response to defence lawyer remarks

The outgoing head of the Bar Council has labelled Dominic Raab “thin-skinned” for failing to meet him, claiming he was snubbed by the justice secretary for defending lawyers.

Derek Sweeting QC, whose tenure as chair of the professional body representing more than 16,000 barristers in England and Wales concludes at the end of the year, said he has not had a face-to-face meeting with Raab since the latter was appointed lord chancellor in mid-September.

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