Legal Business

An all-Tory cabinet: what does the new Conservative majority mean for lawyers?

The surprising Conservative majority revealed on the morning of 8 May was generally seen as a favourable outcome for City lawyers. However, David Cameron’s appointment of controversial political heavyweight Michael Gove as the new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice a few days later has ruffled some feathers in the legal profession.

Gove, who is the second non-lawyer to hold the post after his predecessor Chris Grayling, will be supported by ex-Linklaters corporate lawyer Dominic Raab as new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice, while both the Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC and Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC were reappointed.