PS. The CBA has reacted quickly to provide a vote. I hope that anger or worse, disguised political militancy will not trump reason and pragmatism.
Read the way Frances Gibb reports this in the Times. It really is an extraordinary development, even if it is unwise for us to call it a victory.
Second, I am fairly sure the majority of Western Circuiteers will breathe a huge sigh of relief and do all they can to support their solicitors. I strongly suspect that will be repeated on most circuits.
Third, we must not be complacent but seize the chance now to plan very specific reforms, as I have argued for some time.
Fourth, there is a very clear distinction between honest honorable passionate disagreement shown eg in one letter of resignation and offensive personal attacks. It is amazing that anyone needs to say this about fellow barristers. But perhaps it is an indication that we all need to calm down and remember how we make our names – by reason and persuasion.