06:50, July 25 63 0

2017-07-25 06:50:09
Keir Starmer u-turns on Mishcon job offer

Labour MP Keir Starmer has turned down a role advising Mishcon de Reya, owing to “other commitments”.

The Lawyer first reported yesterday that the MP for Holborn and St Pancras was in talks to join the law firm that launched the Article 50 challenge as an adviser to the Mishcon Academy, its in-house training scheme.

Starmer said in a statement: “I’m grateful to Mishcon de Reya for discussing a possible role advising the Mischon Academy with me, but, given my other commitments, I have decided not to further the discussions.”

The proposal was for Starmer to provide a few hours of legal advice every month to the firm through a “limited role” within the Academy. The firm first hires him as a consultant to the Academy in June last year, a role Starmer stood down from when he was elected to the shadow cabinet.

Prior to that he worked as a part-time consultant for its business crime unit.

If the hire had gone ahead, Starmer would be the second silk to join from leading human rights chambers Doughty Street, where he took silk in 2002. His former colleague and principal legal adviser at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Alison Levitt QC joined Mishcon in April 2014 as a partner in its business crime group.