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It will come as little surprise that the rule of law and access to justice were not front and centre of any manifesto this week

17 April 2015

Begun, the manifesto wars have. Launched from safe political silos across the country, the parties vying for your vote on 7 May have been flaunting their proposed policies in the press and hoping to hit it big with the British public.

Those of us willing to comb through pages upon pages of pledges, promises, and vows would eventually find the specific commitments made by the main political parties in relation to justice issues. It will come as little surprise to those in the legal profession that the rule of law and access to justice were not front and centre of any manifesto. However, some did provide welcome proposals for lawyers.

Instead, other matters were deemed more important, such as housing, health, welfare, and immigration. It is on this last emotive topic that I recently attended a seminar, hosted by international law firm Fragomen, which considered the impact of the general election on skilled migra...

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