Party lawyers hit election trail

Both the Society of Conservative Lawyers and the Society of Labour Lawyers will be taking to the streets in a bid to win votes by campaigning door to door, while the Liberal Democrat Lawyers' Association is busying itself briefing candidates on proposed changes to the legal system.

James Bullock, secretary to the Society of Conservative Lawyers, said that members have been “sent back to work in the constituencies”. He said the society has not even produced a booklet, as it usually does, on the legal issues that emerge from the Tory manifesto, in order to concentrate efforts on canvassing support.

“We will have to come back from behind, so we need to get our voters back in the constituencies. And, to be honest, legal questions aren't the first issues that come to the fore on the doorstep,” he said. “We are keen to see people, not produce the lengthy pamphlets Labour seems to be so fond of.”

Fraser Whitehead, Honorary Secretary to the Society of Lab our Lawyers, said that during the elections its 10 sub-committees, which advise the Labour front bench on family, employment and social security law, had been suspended so that members could also canvass in the constituencies.

As The Lawyer revealed last month, the society had to cancel its initiative to raise £100,000 from City seminars due to a lack of interest.

Whitehead claimed that of the three societies affiliated to political parties, his was the only one to be structured with sub-committees advising on law. “The others are more like dining clubs,” he said.

Joyce Arram, secretary to the Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association said that while meetings were not being held, the association was on hand to act as a legal resource for candidates and a document, Legal System Briefing, had been produced to brief candidates.

All three societies are fielding candidates in the General Election, but numbers have not yet been finalised.