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A LAW UNTO HERSELF: THE CONTROVERSIAL BARRISTER WHO’S NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK HER MIND

Barbara
Hewson has made a name for herself both as one of the country’s most
respected lawyers, and as someone not afraid to ruffle some feathers
with her outspoken views.

A
member of the prestigious Hardwicke Chambers, Miss Hewson, who was
called to the bar in 1985, is regularly ranked in the Legal 500
directory.

She has won a
Barrister of the Year award from The Lawyer magazine after she fought
for the rights of pregnant women against compulsory treatment.

The
Chambers UK guide has variously described her as ‘bright, committed and
passionate’, ‘well-respected’, ‘highly diplomatic’ and ‘a tough
opponent’.

She writes on legal issues for the Spiked website, and is often highly critical of the establishment.
Miss Hewson has stepped into the firing line on numerous occasions in the past.
Responding
to the controversial case in which a judge described a 13-year-old sex
attack victim as ‘predatory’, she tweeted: ‘It takes two to tango.
Disgusting tho’ these men are, frankly the girls are often not much
better – and no shrieking martyrs.’

She
has also said that operation Yewtree, into sex abuse linked to Jimmy
Savile, ‘has got out of hand’ and was hijacked by ‘moral crusaders’.

A
storm of criticism met that suggestion, and she has also angered the
NPCC by suggesting at the same time that the age of consent be lowered
to 13.

At the time an NSPCC
spokesman said: ‘To trivialise the impact of these offences for victims
is all but denying they have suffered abuse at all.’

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