If I can be permitted a little bit of glory by association, let me say congratulations to my colleagues Iain Miller and Amy Tschobotko, whose diligent work in this case has resulted both in a win and an interesting Supreme Court analysis of the concept of proportionality, which is likely to have ramifications in other areas of the law.
Director General of the Bar Standards Board, Dr Vanessa Davies said: "This morning's Supreme Court judgment brings to an end the legal challenges surrounding QASA. We are pleased that the final ruling has confirmed QASA as lawful and proportionate. Clearly we need to look carefully at the detail in today's judgment, but the objective of providing a high level of public protection through a precautionary scheme has long been the underlying principle behind QASA. The Supreme Court has recognised this. Given the length of time that has passed since the scheme was approved by the Legal Services Board, we need now to consider the scheme's implementation and the likely timescales involved. We will make further announcements about this in due course." ENDS