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Make your voice heard

Solicitors owe it to both clients and society to involve themselves in the law-making process, no matter how futile it seems, says Kate Davies

29 July 2014

I recently prepared my first response to a government consultation. Despite being largely unfruitful, it was a rewarding experience.

So next time there is a consultation on a subject that grabs your attention, I would strongly encourage you to take the time to respond. As solicitors, we spend our days advising
on the law and are therefore
well placed to help shape
new legislation.

The consultation in question was on the future of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Several questions were asked, including whether civil partnerships should be abolished or opened up to opposite sex couples. I was particularly interested in whether existing civil partnerships should be automatically converted into marriages now that same-sex marriages are available.

There was, however, no consensus from the respondents on the best way forward for civil...

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