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How will the hung parliament will affect the justice system?

June 16 2017

Reforms to the justice system have been thrown in chaos by the resultant hung parliament from the 2017 general election.

Last week, Theresa May and the Conservative Party failed to reach a majority in the election and therefore are therefore in talks to form a minority government in coalition with the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) of Northern Ireland.

One such effect of the hung parliament on the British legal system could be an early replacement for the Prisons and Courts Bill, abandoned in April when the last parliament was dissolved.

Whereas another change could come from the Conservatives manifesto which proposes to merge the Serious Fraud Office into the National Crime Agency. 

Law Society of England and Wales president Robert Bourns said: 'No matter the composition of the UK government, the Law Society will work to promote access to justice, the rule of law and the independence of the profession. These positions were clearly laid out in our manifesto which also included our priorities for the Brexit negotiations and reiterated our support for human rights.'

The result of the election also had an effect with regards to which MP’s, and their links to the legal profession, fared after the election.

Some notable points of interest include:

Bim Afalomi, a former lawyer, was elected in the Conservative seat of Hitchin instead of Pete Rilley who is retiring

Qualified solicitor Alberto Costa held his conservative seat in South Leicester

It is safe to say the UK’s current political climate in uncertain. The EU laws that Britain commits to could be changed as a result of Brexit. No legal requirement to comply with EU regulations could mean deregulation. Likewise, the Conservative party now have more years to change or alter current or future laws and regulations.

If you are concerned about the current climate and how this may affect laws that relate to you, perhaps you need a family lawyer or housing solicitor, do not hesitate to call a professional for advice.

GSB are an experienced team of Leeds based solicitors who offer a range of expert legal advice. We are constantly aware of the changing nature of the justice industry and how to make this work for you.

If you need any more information call us now on 0113 2468163.

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