Ben Emmerson QCImage copyright PA

The most senior lawyer working for the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in England and Wales has been suspended from duty.

The inquiry said it had “become very concerned about aspects” of Ben Emmerson QC’s leadership of his team.

It said he has been suspended “so that these can be properly investigated”.

The inquiry said press suggestions Mr Emmerson was considering resigning after raising disagreements over its future direction were untrue.

In a statement, it said: “They are not a matter on which he has advised the chair or panel.”

The inquiry was set up in 2014 to examine whether public bodies including the police have failed in their duty to protect children from sexual abuse. It will also examine claims of abuse involving “well-known people”.

The Times had reported that Mr Emmerson had wanted to reduce the inquiry’s workload, but its recently-appointed chairwoman, Professor Alexis Jay, and home secretary Amber Rudd both said its scope would not be changed.

Mr Emmerson has not yet responded to the statement.

Source: BBC