An Addleshaw Goddard trainee has left the firm after winning a seat for Labour at the general election.
Jonathan Reynolds was returned for the solidly Labour Stalybridge and Hyde constituency on the edge of Manchester with a majority of 2,700.
He was previously a trainee at the Manchester office of Addleshaws, where he was carying out a real estate seat having already completed his corporate seat.
Reynolds said: “I loved working at Addleshaws, but people approached me and asked me to run. It’s where I live, I wouldn’t have stood anywhere else.”
He said he believed that some of his experience at the national firm would stand him in good stead for his forthcoming stint at Westminster, adding: “I learnt a commercial relationship for dealing with clients and am able to handle late nights and heavy work-loads, which should be useful in a hung parliament. There are also issues around access to justice and, I think, many lawyers would like legislation to be better drafted.”
He added that the issues that mattered most to his constituents are standards at the local Tameside hospital, transport links into Manchester and housing and crime.
Reynolds previously studied at the University of Manchester and BPP Law School and represented the Longdendale ward on Tameside Council. He was also a member of Tameside Council’s cabinet and served as deputy chair of Longdendale and Hattersley District Assembly.
His success at the general election is in contrast to that of six other candidates and members of the profession profiled in The Lawyer, all of whom failed to be elected (10 May 2010).