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

The first batch of vegan court docket wigs are being trialled immediately after a barrister marketed 10 hemp-based headpieces to colleagues who typically have on ones made of horsehair.

Samuel March, a junior barrister at 9 King’s Bench Stroll, mentioned his ambition to shake-up the Bar’s 200-calendar year-aged custom of putting on horsehair wigs in court docket is now in the “testing phase” as recipients head to the courtroom in his biodegradable creation.

Mr March advised The Telegraph that he is examining the wigs can stand the check of time with a modest quantity of barristers right before he pushes in advance with a greater launch.

He claimed: “Hemp is a notoriously challenging content so I do not anticipate there getting any difficulties, but there is always a possibility exactly where you are the initially in the environment to try out a little something. Making them right here [in the UK] on this scale and cost position signifies my current market is mainly constrained to vegan barristers, which is a smaller market place – but just one that I intend to continue to keep marketing to.”

He said he sold the initially batch of wigs by means of social media and “robing space phrase of mouth” but is checking out marketing long term batches through the UK’s initial lawful clothing store for gals, Ivy & Normanton.

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

At the time, he envisaged the merchandise to be in creation by the close of the yr and to be the norm in courtrooms in the area of “a few years”.