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Hanging in there?

How will the shock general election result affect justice policies, wonders John van der Luit-Drummond

9 June 2017

‘Marvin, what do we do now?’ Many lawyers will have spent last Friday thinking just that. Over 100 solicitors and barristers stood for parliament at this week’s general election. Like Robert Redford’s Bill McKay in The Candidate, those that were successful are just realising that their lives are about to change. Some are now a part of a shock hung parliament; others, members of a minority government that must somehow take a divided country forward. For the rest, it is back to the day job.

As day broke on 9 June, eight new lawyers had been elected to Westminster and several others found themselves on the wrong side of the electorate. Notable results include Serjeant’s Inn’s James Berry, who lost his Conservative Kingston & Surbiton seat to former Liberal Democrat incumbent Ed Davey, while fellow Tory and ex-BHP Law solicitor James Wharton lost his Stockt...

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