Thursday, September 29, 2016

'Arrogant' top lawyer suspended from child sex abuse inquiry in latest crisis to hit £100m investigation

The senior lawyer to the national child abuse inquiry has been suspended from his £400,000-a-year post,  plunging the investigation into its worst  crisis yet.

Ben Emmerson QC was removed over concerns about his leadership, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said in a statement. He later said he learned of his suspension from the investigation via the internet.

Mr Emmerson had been reported to be on the verge of resigning as counsel to the inquiry following an alleged clash with its new chairman, Professor Alexis Jay.

Insiders loyal to Prof Jay had described Mr Emmerson as “arrogant” ahead of the announcement.  (more...)

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