APPG on legal and constitutional affairs
The Law Society (jointly with the General Council of the Bar) supports the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on legal and constitutional affairs.
The APPG, which was formed in 2008, has two objectives:
- To provide a forum within parliament for legally qualified and legally interested members of parliament to debate and discuss contemporary legal issues.
- To facilitate interaction between members of the legal profession and parliamentarians on matters of importance to the profession and the country.
The group has members from both the House of Commons and House of Lords. These members are drawn from the UK's major political parties and include lawyers, former judges and law officers as well as those with little or no legal background but with a keen interest in the subject.
The group's current chairman is Keir Starmer QC MP and the co-chair is the Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Wirral. Starmer is the Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras and the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Lord Hunt was a Conservative cabinet minister and is the chairman of the financial services division of DAC Beachcroft, having been its senior partner from 1996 to 2005. Full details of the group's members can be found on the parliament website.