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SJ Berwin partner slammed by Tories
No, it's still there...
Having barely sat down for my first day in Parliament, I was handed the task of researching and writing a speech for an upcoming House of Commons debate on a proposal to extend TUPE employment laws to share sales. Having not written anything of such depth since my final year dissertation, it became clear that my time in this seat was going to be a world away from SJ Berwin’s corporate led practice.
The Parliament seat is a three month secondment from the capital equity markets and mergers and acquisitions department, working as a speechwriter and research assistant to Jonathan Djanogly MP who, aside from being a corporate partner at SJ Berwin, is also MP for Huntingdon, the Shadow Solicitor General and a Member of the Shadow Ministry of Justice and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
Responsibilities of a secondee include researching and writing speeches on the areas for which Jonathan has responsibility, analysing and tabling amendments to upcoming pieces of legislation, writing questions to put to the Government and attending meetings of the Shadow Ministries and business organisations. More generally, you are also expected to be the ‘eyes and ears in the House’, listening out for what is happening in Parliament on a daily basis.
It would be impossible for me to give an example of a typical day, because the cliché of ‘no two days being the same’ definitely applies to this seat. My experiences ranged from being buried knee deep in the intricacies of the Employment Bill and drafting a proposal to reform the Electoral System to fielding calls from the Financial Times and Daily Mail looking for comments on agency worker laws, having a speech quoted in Private Eye, and drinking champagne to celebrate the announcement of a Shadow Secretary of State’s civil partnership.
I honestly could not have wished for a more enjoyable and fulfilling experience from my secondment to Parliament. No other law firm offers such a unique chance to become so involved in how laws are debated and created and to experience the inner workings of the British legislative system. I feel extremely privileged to have been given this opportunity and would wholeheartedly recommend it.
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