Law & politics

Do lawyers make better Presidents?

Forty-four men have served as President of the United States of America and we are about to find out if there will be a forty-fifth in January. President Trump is famously a businessman; it is easily forgotten that his opponent in this race, Joe Biden, was a lawyer before his long Senate career. He practised […]

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Former government ministers take up new roles at Travers and Withers

Former culture secretary Nicky Morgan and ex-Attorney General Geoffrey Cox are to take up new roles at Travers Smith and Withers respectively. Morgan will take up a consultant role in Travers’ technology group. The move marks a return for the former Travers corporate lawyer, who worked at the City firm between 2002 and 2010 before […]

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Dominic Cummings: which Tory lawyers are backing him?

As of this morning, one Conservative lawyer Member of Parliament – Carlisle MP and former Bendles partner John Stevenson – had called on Dominic Cummings to resign. He was joined this afternoon by former attorney general Jeremy Wright QC, who wrote on his website he had “concluded that it would be better for Mr Cummings […]

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Election 2019: the lawyers who have been elected for the first time

A host of new lawyers have entered Parliament as a result of the Conservative Party’s decisive victory last night. In Stroud, Conservative Siobhan Baillie gained the marginal seat from Labour. Baillie, a non-practising family solicitor, worked her way up from legal secretary to qualify. Peter Gibson gained another marginal seat for the Tories: Darlington. Gibson […]

“God help us all” – The Lawyer Election 2019 survey results

Despair was the order of the day in The Lawyer’s survey of voting intention for the upcoming general election. More than 1,700 lawyers responded, with the solicitor who employed the phrase “God help us all” summing up the mood of those who left comments. The majority of commercial lawyers are now expressing an intention to […]

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Election 2019: the lawyers standing for Parliament

Two former Slaughter and May solicitors go head to head in Middlesbrough; Clydes’ former COO and an ex-Latham lawyer stand for the Brexit Party; a Macfarlanes alum aims to win for the Lib Dems; and all the other lawyers hoping for your vote.