'I want to bang the drum for the UK's legal services' – Justice Secretary David Gauke on Brexit, the City and thinking like a lawyer

Former Macfarlanes lawyer David Gauke on his post-Brexit hopes for the legal profession

“I want to be ambitious about our relationship with the EU to ensure that Brexit does not cause disruption or put us at a disadvantage when it comes to the recognition of legal professional qualifications, enforcing judgments, and so that we can get the deep and special partnership with the EU that we want,” says new Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke.

Having been Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for just seven months, Gauke (pictured) admits that he did not expect to be leading the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) after Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle in January. But, when he was called into Downing Street early in the day, he realised “something must be up”.

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