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

The very first batch of vegan court wigs are staying trialled immediately after a barrister marketed 10 hemp-based mostly headpieces to colleagues who generally use kinds designed of horsehair.

Samuel March, a junior barrister at 9 King’s Bench Walk, explained his ambition to shake-up the Bar’s 200-year-outdated custom of wearing horsehair wigs in courtroom is now in the “testing phase” as recipients head to the courtroom in his biodegradable creation.

Mr March told The Telegraph that he is checking the wigs can stand the test of time with a compact range of barristers in advance of he pushes forward with a bigger start.

He claimed: “Hemp is a notoriously challenging product so I do not foresee there currently being any difficulties, but there is usually a danger where you’re the initial in the environment to test something. Generating them listed here [in the UK] on this scale and rate level implies my market place is mainly limited to vegan barristers, which is a smaller current market – but one particular that I intend to hold promoting to.”

He explained he offered the initially batch of wigs by means of social media and “robing room phrase of mouth” but is checking out selling long run batches by means of the UK’s to start with authorized clothes shop for females, Ivy & Normanton.

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

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