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From Dementor to Dalek: Michael Gove becomes Lord Chancellor

Will the profession wish for the return of Grayling, despised for his incompetence, rather than deal with Gove's ideology?

11 May 2015

The king is dead. Long live the king! What should have been music to the ears of many a legal aid practitioner was instead greeted with consternation, as the news spread over the weekend that Michael Gove was to replace Chris Grayling as Lord Chancellor and secretary of state for justice.

The government's announcement that the former education secretary - who had the ignominy of being the first minister in history to have a vote of no confidence passed against them by the teaching profession - has been greeted with a mixture of resignation and horror by lawyers.

Though it took teachers' unions three whole years to pass a motion against Gove, the majority of the legal Twitteratti reached the same conclusion that he was bad news for their profession in bu...

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