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In Whitehall, lawyers appear to have been purged from government.

18 July 2014

As so far is constitutionally possible in David Cameron's drastic and wide-ranging reshuffle; we have a new attorney general - already under fire from the press and from within the profession; and there is a new Law
Society president in town.

So, it is goodbye to Kenneth Clarke and Dominic Grieve. Hello Jeremy Wright. "Who?" you may ask, and indeed this seems like a fair question, for Wright seems to be an unfamiliar face in the Inns of Court. Foremost among the initial criticisms of the newly appointed AG are his lack of seniority, "weight and status", having not (yet) been afforded the QC suffix.

There are other concerns about Wright's perceived lack of sympathy for the rule of
law, access to justice and human rights, his relationship with the lord chancellor (who was one of the few to have remained in post, much to the whole profession's surprise), and his lack of experience in the courtroom.

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