Legal and Constitutional Affairs APPG

First Registered: 30/07/2015 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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To raise awareness and build understanding of legal and constitutional issues, and provide a source of debate and expertise on these subjects.

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Recent Documents related to Legal and Constitutional Affairs

1. Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues
20/12/2017 - Parliamentary Research

Found: 20 December 2017 Brexit reading list: legal and constitutional issues Compiled by: Tim Robinson Contents:

2. The 2017-19 Minority Government & Opposition Days: pragmatism, precedent and power
05/03/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: (Humble Addresses) 6. Humble Addresses and Government legal advice 7. Motions of Censure 2 The 2017-19 Minority

3. Provision of legal services after the UK leaves the EU
19/11/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: CDP-2018-0255, 19 November 2018 Provision of legal services after the UK leaves the EU Contributor:

4. The Law Society - written evidence
18/12/2018 - Inquiry: Global Britain and South America - Foreign Affairs Committee
- View source

Found: has been an increase in attacks on members of the legal profession and human rights defenders in Colombia

5. Leaving the European Union: Stability of the United Kingdom’s Union
21/12/2018 - Parliamentary Research

Found: decision to leave the EU has given rise to constitutional questions about the future of relations between

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Legal and Constitutional Affairs

1. Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill
12/05/2021 - Written Statements

1: the work of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, the Lords Constitution Committee - Speech Link

2. Business without Debate
16/01/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: sub-committee appointed by it shall have power to appoint legal advisers and specialist advisers either to supply - Speech Link

3. Covid-19 Pandemic: Government Response
17/09/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: behalf of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, I am grateful for the opportunity - Speech Link
2: wide-ranging public inquiry. We know that the Government Legal Service can set up inquiries quite quickly and that - Speech Link

4. Catalonia
02/11/2017 - Commons Chamber

1: Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the political situation - Speech Link
2: is eventually a political matter, rather than a legal one. Getting both parties to talk is the way forward - Speech Link
3: internal affairs of Spain. Talks for Spain are an internal matter. This is, indeed, a legal matter. We - Speech Link

5. Legal Advice: Prorogation
25/09/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: Attorney General if he will make a statement about his legal opinion on the advice given to Her Majesty the Queen - Speech Link
2: that judgment sets out the definitive and final legal position on the advice given to Her Majesty on the - Speech Link
3: very special day for Scots law and the Scottish legal tradition going back to the declaration of Arbroath - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Legal and Constitutional Affairs
1. Constitutional Reform
asked by: Alex Norris
02/07/2020
... Democracy and Rights Commission; and if he will make a statement.

2. Constitutional Reform Act 2005
asked by: Lord Garnier
29/07/2021
... when.

3. Constitutional Reform and Governance Act
asked by: Lord Norton of Louth
20/07/2021
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what arrangements they put in place in 2020 to ensure that Government Departments complied with the requirements of section 3(6) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

4. Legal Profession: Legal Costs
asked by: Nicholas Brown
09/09/2021
... what assessment he has made of the equity of law firms being able to recover different rates of legal costs against the other side based on their location rather than the complexity of the case.

5. Legal Profession: Legal Costs
asked by: Nicholas Brown
09/09/2021
... what assessment he has made of the equity of the ability of law firms based in London to recover from the losing side higher rates of legal costs than firms based in the North East of England.

Latest Questions
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6 Current APPG Officers
Laura Farris Portrait
Laura Farris
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Newbury
Joined: 4th November 2020
Lord Hunt of Wirral Portrait
Lord Hunt of Wirral
Co-Chair
Conservative - Life peer
Joined: 30th July 2015
Maria Eagle Portrait
Maria Eagle
Officer
Labour - Garston and Halewood
Joined: 4th November 2020
1 APPG Membership
BBC
Joanna Cherry Portrait
Joanna Cherry
Officer
Scottish National Party - Edinburgh South West
Joined: 4th November 2020
1 APPG Membership
Rule of Law
Kenny MacAskill Portrait
Kenny MacAskill
Officer
Alba Party - East Lothian
Joined: 4th November 2020
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Laura Farris MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 3000.

Email: laura.farris.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Hugo Forshaw, The Law Society, The Law Society’s Hall, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL. Tel: 0208 049 3865

Email: Hugo.forshaw@lawsociety.org.uk

Secretariat:

The Law Society acts as the group's secretariat. http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/

Benefits in Kind
Date
29 Sep 2020
Source
The Law Society of England and Wales
Description
Secretariat   From : 29/09/2020 To : 28/09/2021
Value
£1,501
Date
1 Nov 2018
Source
The Law Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/11/2018 To : 31/10/2019
Value
£1,501
Date
1 Nov 2017
Source
The Law Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/11/2017 To : 31/10/2018
Value
£1,501
Date
1 Jan 2017
Source
The Law Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2017 To : 31/12/2017
Value
£6,001
Date
1 Jan 2017
Source
The Bar Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2017 To : 31/12/2017
Value
£4,501
Date
1 Jan 2015
Source
The Law Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2015 To : 31/12/2015
Value
£6,001
Date
1 Jan 2015
Source
The Bar Council
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2015 To : 31/12/2015
Value
£4,501
Date
1 Jan 2015
Source
The Law Society
Description
Secretariat   From : 01/01/2015 To : 31/12/2015
Value
£4,501

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Legal and Constitutional Affairs APPG

Former APPG Officers
Jonathan Djanogly Portrait
Jonathan Djanogly
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Huntingdon
Joined: 20th December 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
Bambos Charalambous Portrait
Bambos Charalambous
Officer
Labour - Enfield, Southgate
Joined: 20th December 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
Ellie Reeves Portrait
Ellie Reeves
Officer
Labour - Lewisham West and Penge
Joined: 20th December 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
Nick Thomas-Symonds Portrait
Nick Thomas-Symonds
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Torfaen
Joined: 15th February 2017
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Karl Turner Portrait
Karl Turner
Officer
Labour - Kingston upon Hull East
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
1 APPG Membership
University of Hull
Lord Lester of Herne Hill Portrait
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Officer
Non-affiliated - Retired on 12 December 2018
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Rehman Chishti Portrait
Rehman Chishti
Officer
Conservative - Gillingham and Rainham
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Alex Chalk Portrait
Alex Chalk
Officer
Conservative - Cheltenham
Joined: 15th February 2017
Departed: 2nd May 2017
Lord Faulks Portrait
Lord Faulks
Officer
Non-affiliated - Life peer
Joined: 15th February 2017
Departed: 2nd May 2017
No other APPG Memberships
Keir Starmer Portrait
Keir Starmer
Chair & Registered Contact
Labour - Holborn and St Pancras
Joined: 30th July 2015
Departed: 12th October 2016
No other APPG Memberships