British Judges are considering unprecedented legal action against the Government in a row over changes to their pension rights.
A working group of senior judges has instructed leading counsel to advise on the legal options, including suing the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, QC. The move opens up the intriguing question of which judge would hear a case brought by the judiciary against the Lord Chancellor.
One solution would be for the case to be heard by a judge unaffected by the row over pensions. But last night Andrew Tyrie, a Conservative member of the Commons Constitutional Affairs committee, gave a warning against potential legal action. Mr Tyrie said: “If it is the case that parts of the judiciary were considering taking legal action, I would have thought that would be very unwise.”
But both sides in the row have gone to counsel to try to sort out the problem, it is disclosed today in The Lawyer magazine.