Abuse inquiry in crisis after top lawyer threatens to quit

The Times

Sean O’Neill, Chief Reporter
September 28 2016
The Times

The most senior lawyer at the national child abuse inquiry is poised to resign in a move that could deal the £100 million investigation a fatal blow.

Ben Emmerson, QC, counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), is understood to disagree fundamentally with the new chairwoman, Alexis Jay, about its future. He is thought to favour a restructuring to reduce the inquiry’s workload while Professor Jay, along with the home secretary and No 10, is determined that it should stick to the original terms of reference.

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