Tim Green, aged 32, is a junior criminal barrister based at Three Fountain Court Chambers in Birmingham city centre.
He said: ?We feel that we are being treated very badly by the Government. We could have all done jobs that were paid better.
?We chose instead to help the community and to do a job that matters, knowing we would never become millionaires from it.
?Ours is a very conservative profession and we don?t want to pick a fight with the people who ultimately pay us, but there is a feeling that we have been pushed into this by the new legal aid rates.
?It is as though the Government doesn?t have any respect for our profession at all. They have not only not increased rates for almost a decade, they are now cutting them.
?The perception is that even junior barristers make a lot of money. Today I made #46.50 and I had to pay my own travel to Warwick Crown Court for that.
?Okay, so a barrister of five years might be on #30,000 to #40,000 which is not at all bad, but they might have considerable debts from higher education, children, and a mortgage too. There is a lot of responsibility and pressure. It?s not easy for a 25-year-old to stand up in court and prosecute or defend someone charged with assault.
?But this whole issue of not taking on new work when the new legal aid rates come in is not just about money. It is also about preserving an independent Bar.
?Barristers may end up being either part of the Crown Prosecution Service or the Criminal Defence Service.
?The action that will be taken in October is a last desperate measure.?