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Law for lawmakers: A&O helps Parliamentarians get to grips with the law

10 July 2015

​A&O helps Parliamentarians get to grips with the law.

A&O joined forces with leading cross party law reform and human rights organisation, JUSTICE, to put together a basic guide to help Parliamentarians get to grips with core legal and constitutional principles. The guide, “Law for Lawmakers - A JUSTICE guide to the Law”, which was launched last night at an event at the House of Commons, is intended to step beyond party politics and inform discussion and debate for MPs, Peers and their staff in the months and years ahead.

This Parliament will pose itself a number of crucial constitutional questions – on the protection of human rights, UK membership of the European Union and on devolution and the state of the Union.

As the makers of our laws, as our representatives, and in holding the Government to account, MPs and Peers wear many hats. Each of these roles requires MPs to grapple with the law every day. However, for over three-quarters of all first-time MPs this may be a very new experience.

An A&O team led by Andrew Denny, Peter Watson, James Neill and Maeve Hanna assisted JUSTICE in providing pro bono research and drafting some sections of the guide. The Creative Services team in Belfast designed the final document.

Andrew Denny commented: “We are aware that MPs and their staff have to grapple with important legal and constitutional issues on a daily basis and so this guide has been designed to support them in navigating this potentially challenging landscape. Lawyers from across our Human Rights Working Group and UK Public Law Team came together to work on this project and so we are thrilled to see it come to life in the JUSTICE guide.”

Access to justice and maintaining the rule of law are key components of A&O’s pro bono and community investment programme. To find out more about A&O’s pro bono and community investment programmes please click here. Information on A&O’s public law practice, click here, and details of A&O’s human rights work is here.    

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