The existing distinction in court dress between solicitor-advocates and barristers is ridiculous.
This penalises both solicitors and – more importantly – their clients.
Obviously solicitor-advocates should be allowed to wear wigs without further delay.
However, a subtle difference in the design of the wigs may still be appropriate to enable those in the legal profession to recognise the distinction in status.
I would suggest that, rather than being made from horsehair, solicitor-advocates’ wigs should be made from nylon.
And be orange.
Simon Gibbs, barrister (non-practising)”