Alexandra Cardenas is Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at the Law Society. Public Affairs manages the relationships with parliament and government. She is a dual qualified solicitor in England and Wales (2014), and Colombia (2002). Prior to the Society, she practised as a human rights lawyer and worked at Macmillan Cancer Support and Animal Defenders International.
All posts by Alexandra Cardenas
18 February 2019
Your weekly update from the Law Society's public affairs team on all the latest developments and debates in Parliament and across Whitehall.
11 February 2019
Over the next few weeks we will be trialing a new format for our weekly parliamentary report.
04 February 2019
On Tuesday, the Commons voted on a series of amendments to the prime minister's motion on Brexit.
28 January 2019
Last Monday the prime minister made a statement to the Commons, setting out her intention for proceeding with the Brexit process.
21 January 2019
On Tuesday the government's Brexit withdrawal agreement was rejected in Parliament by a margin of 230 votes - the largest defeat ever suffered by a sitting government.
21 December 2018
This week saw a win for the Law Society on the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill.
17 December 2018
The Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons after concluding its remaining stages last week.
07 December 2018
Last week the Law Society’s Head of Justice, Richard Miller, gave oral evidence to the Women and Equalities Select Committee for its inquiry on enforcing the Equality Act.
30 November 2018
On Monday the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt MP, backed our global legal centre campaign, which promotes the benefits of English law, courts and legal profession.
23 November 2018
Last week the Government published the draft Withdrawal Agreement, reflecting the in-principle agreement between the UK and EU negotiating teams on the full legal text.
09 November 2018
The Law Society was referenced extensively in a Westminster Hall debate on the future of legal aid on Thursday last week.
02 November 2018
In Parliament, the week has been dominated by the Budget. For justice however, the main highlight was the announcement of £21.5m extra funding for the 'wider justice system'.
25 October 2018
The government is currently considering the evidence submitted as part of its review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, which provides an important opportunity to bring back legal aid for early advice.
16 October 2018
Last week, the government published a further 28 Brexit no deal technical notices on professional services, which includes contingency plans for EU lawyers practising in the UK.
08 October 2018
Parliament returns from its conference recess this week, and justice-related issues will take centre-stage as the Lord Chancellor and his ministerial team face questions in the House of Commons on Tuesday morning.
02 October 2018
Party Conference season is well underway, with the Liberal Democrat and Labour Conferences taking place over the last two weeks, and the Conservative Conference currently happening in Birmingham.
20 September 2018
MPs and Peers returned from summer recess for two weeks, before breaking up for the Party Conference season.
22 May 2017
Our priorities for the election were set out in Our vision of law and justice. They included to maintain the integrity of the jurisdiction, remove barriers to justice and uphold the rule of law. A number of our calls were adopted by the different parties in their manifestos following our campaigning and we will continue to engage with the parties to make sure that these commitments, and our wider priorities, are reflected by the next government.
02 May 2017
As Parliament finishes business ahead of the dissolution of parliament on 3 May, the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act and Criminal Finances Act received Royal Assent
24 April 2017
Last Tuesday, the prime minister announced that she will be asking Parliament to vote for a general election on 8 June. On Wednesday, the House of Commons surpassed the two thirds majority needed to approve the motion by 522 to 13.
10 April 2017
The House of Commons and House of Lords are both on recess. The House of Commons will return on Tuesday 18 April. The House of Lords will return on Monday 24 April.
03 April 2017
This week the House of Commons will begin its Easter recess and will return on Monday 18 April. The House of Lords will continue to sit with a number of motions on Brexit and evidence sessions on co-operation with the EU on criminal justice and security.
27 March 2017
This week the Prisons and Courts Bill will return to the House of Commons to undertake Committee Stage and our Head of Justice will be giving evidence to the Committee on Tuesday.
20 March 2017
This week access to justice will be at the top of the parliamentary agenda.
13 March 2017
The prime minister is expected to trigger Article 50 by her 31 March deadline.
07 March 2017
The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is amended and the discount rate to personal injury compensation payments is lowered.
01 March 2017
The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is debated and the government publishes the Prisons and Courts Bill.
07 February 2017
Alexandra Cardenas looks at the progression of the Brexit bill and the government’s consultation on soft tissue injury claims.
30 January 2017
The Supreme Court hands down judgment in the article 50 case, the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is introduced, and Mikaël Laurens gives evidence to the International Trade Select Committee.
14 November 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the government's reaction to the article 50 ruling and diversity in law.
31 October 2016
Alexandra Cardenas takes a look at the discussions in parliament focusing debates on Brexit and legislative scrutiny of bills in both houses.
24 October 2016
Alexandra Cardenas takes a look at the report stage debates on the Investigatory Powers Bill.
17 October 2016
Alexandra Cardenas takes a look at the latest Brexit-related events and the implications for the UK justice system.
07 October 2016
Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the topics discussed at the Conservative Party Conference.
30 September 2016
Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the topics discussed at the Labour Party Conference.
23 September 2016
Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the Law Society's activities at the Liberal Democrat Conference.
16 September 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses new proposals to reform the courts system and the government's plan for the renegotiation of a deal with the EU.
09 September 2016
Alexandra Cardenas provides an overview of the lord chancellor's first session of Justice Oral Questions and looks at priorities for her department.
22 July 2016
Alexandra Cardenas details the swearing in of Liz Truss, the first female lord chancellor, and highlights other new legal ministerial briefs.
15 July 2016
Alexandra Cardenas considers the new prime minister's key ministerial appointments following the EU referendum and Conservative party reshuffle.
08 July 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the fallout from the Brexit result on the EU referendum, and the resulting Conservative Party leadership contest.
01 July 2016
Alexandra Cardenas considers how and when the next prime minister will start the official proceedings of Britain's withdrawal from the EU, and reports on the second reading of the Investigatory Powers Bill.
24 June 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the outcomes of the EU referendum.
17 June 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Policing and Crime Bill and considers a question around the independence of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
10 June 2016
While many government departments languish in purdah, the parliamentary debate around the Investigatory Powers Bill continues. Alexandra Cardenas considers the issues.
27 May 2016
Alexandra Cardenas considers the intensification of EU referendum and discusses the Treasury's apparent efforts to avert it.
20 May 2016
Alexandra Cardenas considers reactions to the Queen's Speech, and outlines the main points of interest to the legal profession.
18 May 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the points of interest relevant to the legal sector that were mentioned in the Queen's speech.
13 May 2016
Alexandra Cardenas considers the parliamentary debate on the European Convention of Human Rights and discusses the Anti-Corruption Summit.
06 May 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Anti-Corruption Summit 2016, where MPs stated that the UK needs to lead by example to drive out corruption.
29 April 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the home secretary's speech on Brexit and considers questions over legal aid and clinical negligence.
22 April 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the legal aid residence test and the judicial review challenge to domestic violence evidence requirements.
15 April 2016
Alexandra Cardenas considers the events around the Panama Papers and provides an update on European Referendum debate.
08 April 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the changes to the evidence requirements for victims of domestic violence and provides an update on the Investigatory Powers Bill.
04 April 2016
With parliament in recess, Alexandra Cardenas highlights the latest legal aid statistics and provides an update on court closures.
24 March 2016
Alexandra Cardenas considers Iain Duncan Smith's surprise resignation and the subsequent mini reshuffle.
18 March 2016
Alexandra Cardenas outlines the topline figures from the Budget announcement and provides an update on the Investigatory Powers Bill.
11 March 2016
Alexandra Cardenas considers the rumours that Michael Gove may become the lead campaigner for the 'Leave' campaign in the EU referendum.
07 March 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the Home Office's newly-published Investigatory Powers Bill and the Cabinet Office's report on potential post-Brexit EU relationship models.
12 February 2016
Alexandra Cardenas discusses the much-opposed proposed court closures and considers the issue of court fees.