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An encounter with 
the attorney general

Phillip Taylor recounts recent talks with Jeremy Wright QC and the chair of the ?Justice Committee, Bob Neill

19 January 2016

The times, they are a-changing! For outside the Westminster bubble, that rarefied atmosphere seems to get a bit thicker, as we lawyers grapple with the legal problems of the day under a reforming agenda from the Tory government. 

We often have to face some of the dafter decisions our elected leaders make – and we do moan. Though these decisons only make about 0.01 per cent of the overall work of the politician, there are many of them. So, it was a delight to chat to Bob Neill MP, chairman of the Justice Committee (JC), last year and then, this month, to Jeremy Wright QC MP about this new reforming zeal that is sweeping the legal Whitehall air. 

Critical committee

Neill has described his role and that of the JC as ‘constructively critical’, with the aim of ‘bringing to account and scrutinising the Ministry of Justice and the government’s law officers’. ?And they did so with one sensible, cons...

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