Paul Philip told MPs that total independence from the Law Society was crucial. “Perception is everything,” he said. “It is all about public perception. And currently the public is confused over who we are. It is difficult to convince them that we are not part of the Law Society.”
Vanessa Davies, director-general of the Bar Standards Board, agreed with Philip that complete separation was necessary – from the Bar Council in her organisation’s case – if public trust and confidence in legal profession regulation were to be maintained.