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In the big decisions about the long-term future of the solicitor profession, the voices of the people who will constitute that future should be the loudest, argues Leanne Maund

12 July 2016

The YouGov poll taken after the EU referendum, which showed that 75 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds voted to remain (compared to 39 per cent of voters aged 60 and over), left many young people, including junior lawyers, with the view that they are being dragged into a future which the majority of them did not vote for, by those who will be less affected by it.

Given that the statistics show turnout was substantially higher in areas with a greater number of older residents, it is entirely possible that had more young people voted, the outcome of the referendum would have been different.

This article is not about Brexit, and nor is it about resentment between generations: the recent referendum is just used to demonstrate that the level
of engagement is what makes the difference. Regardless of whether we are happy with
the result, the lack of influence which the millennial vote

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