Key lawyer quits child sex abuse inquiry

By Michael Wilkinson
November 1, 2016

MPs quiz members of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Dame Lowell Goddard quit the inquiry

A key lawyer for the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has become the latest figure to quit, it has been reported.

Tony Fisher, one of the first three barristers appointed to the inquiry, was said to be concerned by the inquiry's "progress and direction", BBC Newsnight said.

Mr Fisher did not comment on the suggestion that he had left the inquiry.

Asked about Mr Fisher's departure, a spokesman for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse said the inquiry had "a large legal team comprising a number of junior counsel, senior counsel and solicitors".

"They come and go subject to their professional obligations and we are not commenting on specifics," he added.

His departure comes a fortnight after Dame Lowell Goddard quit as the inquiry's third chairman.

Mr Fisher had served as first junior counsel, the joint second most senior barrister on the inquiry.

He previously worked on two of the inquiry's most high profile investigations - into Lord Janner and alleged abuse in Westminster.

The inquiry has also lost its most senior and second-ranking counsel in recent weeks.



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