David Lock MP, who has just finished his term as parliamentary secretary in the Lord Chancellor's Depart-ment, has joined Littleton Chambers as a door tenant.
This marks a return to the bar, which he left in July 1999 after 12 years at Fountain Court in Birmingham. He will take up his former areas of expertise at Littleton, employment and commercial law. The chambers has a first-class reputation in these practice areas. Lock said: "Littleton has a strong commitment to managing change in the legal world and to adapting the services offered by its members in the changing international market. I'm looking forward to getting back to such a stimulating environment." Lock had a wide ministerial remit and saw through some dramatic legal changes. With responsibility for human rights, he guided through the inclusion of the Human Rights Act 1998 into English law in October 2000, as well as the Welsh devolution. Lock was at the centre of the storm brewed by lawyers attacking Government cuts to criminal and family lawyers' legal aid; he handled family matters, as well as the court service, civil justice policy, IT and e-government, the Law Commission and the Legal Services Ombudsman. He was also responsible for policy and management of work on the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill. David Douglas, Littletons' chief executive, said: "[Lock] will bring a further dimension to chambers, coupling his previously successful legal practice to his considerable Government experience." Before the bar, Lock worked as a management trainee with GEC Telecomm-unications before becoming a parliamentary researcher for Clive Soley in 1985.