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The power to change

Lawyers standing for parliament should not forget where they came from, writes Kevin Poulter

10 April 2015

With less than a month until the general election, the debate and the spin is becoming more intense day-by-day. 

This period brings an unexpected and sometimes disturbing array of political beliefs to the fore, from all corners of society, and from a legal profession which is taking a special interest this time around.

Between them, lawyers and politicians have shared the most hated profession title, probably more times than bankers, traffic wardens, and estate agents put together. The legal profession rarely wins any popularity competitions, which is why it is surprising that so many lawyers aspire to be politicians.

Even more surprising is that increasing numbers are making this transition relatively early in their careers. No doubt there is a lot of common ground between lawyers and career politicians. Shared skills in debating, as well as working ...

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