03/10/2022

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Barristers swap horsehair for hemp as they try out first vegan court wigs

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The very first batch of vegan court wigs are being trialled just after a barrister offered 10 hemp-based mostly headpieces to colleagues who usually have on types manufactured of horsehair.

Samuel March, a junior barrister at 9 King’s Bench Wander, explained his ambition to shake-up the Bar’s 200-yr-aged tradition of putting on horsehair wigs in court is now in the “testing phase” as recipients head to the courtroom in his biodegradable invention.

Mr March instructed The Telegraph that he is checking the wigs can stand the take a look at of time with a little quantity of barristers just before he pushes ahead with a greater launch.

He explained: “Hemp is a notoriously tricky materials so I do not anticipate there becoming any troubles, but there is always a threat in which you’re the to start with in the globe to attempt some thing. Making them right here [in the UK] on this scale and selling price point suggests my marketplace is mostly minimal to vegan barristers, which is a compact industry – but one particular that I intend to keep promoting to.”

He stated he marketed the initial batch of wigs via social media and “robing place word of mouth” but is exploring offering upcoming batches via the UK’s very first lawful clothes shop for ladies, Ivy & Normanton.

The Cambridge-graduate very first unveiled his ideas for a biodegradable hemp wig on social media a calendar year ago, when he posted on Twitter and Linkedin: “The prototype has arrived. This is the world’s first hemp barrister’s wig. 0pc horsehair, 100personal computer vegan friendly”.

At the time, he envisaged the item to be in creation by the finish of the yr and to be the norm in just courtrooms in the space of “a number of years”.

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