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We are the custodians of the law, not Grayling

Pippa Allsop urges the profession to take a pragmatic approach to government's terrible decisions

3 February 2015

The Lord Chancellor’s ‘being a non-lawyer is a help rather than a hindrance’ comment underlined the relationship between lay policy makers and ‘on the ground’ solicitors who have to deal with the ramifications of ill-thought-out legislation. Grayling has sent solicitors across England into varying degrees of apoplexy with his ham-fisted attempts to ‘simplify’ the judicial review process.

If Grayling et al are the villains of the legal world, who are the champions? Many solicitors have vocalised their misgivings about the practical implications of the changes to judicial review, and rightly so.

Although it is right that solicitors should comment, dissent, lobby and try to educate policy makers in their decisions, it struck me that it is perhaps equally, if not more important, to consider how w...

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