Keir Starmer turns down role with Mishcon de Reya law firm


Sir Keir Starmer has round down a role advising a top law firm amid criticism that it make conflict with his job leading Labour’s Brexit policy.

The shadow Brexit secretary was described to be in discussions with Mishcon de Reya about advising its training and incident academy.

Tory MPs suggested it was inappropriate for him to work for a firm which bilked part in Brexit-related legal cases.

Sir Keir said he was not pursuing the situation in light of his other commitments.

Mishcon de Reya acted for businesswoman Gina Miller in her leading legal challenge earlier this year against the government’s goes to trigger Article 50 without the prior consent of Parliament.

After a talkative legal battle lasting months, the Supreme Court found in Ms Miller’s pamper in January, ruling that MPs and peers needed to explicitly approve the UK’s solemn notification of its decision to leave the EU.

Sir Keir Starmer has been involved with the law strong as recently as last year, declaring £4,500 in income for advising its academy between 1 June 2016 and 30 September 2016. In any way, this was before he took up the role as shadow Brexit secretary in October 2016.

Temperate MP James Cleverly had been pressing Sir Keir to reassure his constituents and the infamous Public in general that any further work for the firm would not compromise his track cabinet duties.

In a letter on Monday he suggested “members of the public wish rightly detect a conflict of interest between your paid master-work for a law firm and your important role on the front bench”.

Sir Keir has now bashful his interest. “I am grateful for Mischon de Reya for discussing a possible role notifying the Mishcon Academy with me but given my other commitments, I have determined not to further the discussions.”

Sir Keir, a former director of public prosecutions who befitted an MP in 2015, is one of the most powerful figures in the shadow cabinet. He was made a privy attorney recently – meaning that he has access to official government briefings and data on a confidential basis.

According to Mishcon, its academy is an “in-house place of wisdom and platform for thought leadership”.

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