Richard Messingham is head of public affairs at the Law Society. He and his team are responsible for supporting the president and CEO to manage the Society's relationships with Parliamentarians, Ministers, civil servants and other major stakeholders of direct relevance to solicitors.
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29 February 2016
Richard Messingham considers the latest political manoeuvrings following the Prime Minister's EU negotiations.
19 February 2016
Richard Messingham discusses the EU renegotiations and looks ahead to the next European Council summit.
05 February 2016
Richard Messingham outlines the hurdles faced by the government over the British Bill of Rights and considers speculation that it is being delayed by the wait for clarity on the EU renegotiations.
29 January 2016
Richard Messingham considers the scrapping of the controversial duty contracts scheme for criminal legal aid.
22 January 2016
Richard Messingham considers Labour's latest initiative and outlines the details of a Westminster Hall debate on access to justice for vulnerable people.
15 January 2016
Richard Messingham considers Catherine McKinnell MP's resignation, and the continuing campaign to leave the EU.
08 January 2016
Richard Messingham reflects on the reshuffle within the Labour party and the divisive issue of the EU referendum.
18 December 2015
Richard Messingham reflects on prime minister David Cameron's negotiations over the UK's membership of the EU.
11 December 2015
Richard Messingham discusses the government's problems around the EU Referendum Bill, and also provides a summary of the activity on International Human Rights Day.
04 December 2015
Richard Messingham provides an overview of the activity around the Syria debate and the lord chancellor's announcements this week.
27 November 2015
Richard Messingham provides an overview of the activity around the Autumn Statement, and also looks at legal aid, court closures and the Investigatory Powers Bill.
20 November 2015
Richard Messingham discusses the possibility of the government fast tracking the draft Investigatory Powers Bill into law.
13 November 2015
Richard Messingham considers the difficult choices ahead for both George Osborne and David Cameron.
06 November 2015
Richard Messingham reflects on a week when the home secretary Theresa May managed to steer clear of significant controversy when she introduced some long awaited changes to the law on investigatory powers.
30 October 2015
Richard Messingham reflects on a busy week in parliament, with discussion on various pieces of legislation including tax credits, the British Bill of Rights and the Immigration Bill.
23 October 2015
Richard Messingham looks ahead to the release of the Investigatory Powers Bill, and considers the issues it brings up around legal professional privilege.
16 October 2015
Richard Messingham anticipates a highly active legislative period between now and Christmas now that parliament has returned, and provides an overview of the activity around the Immigration Bill.
09 October 2015
Richard Messingham considers the end of the party conference season and looks ahead to the return of parliament.
02 October 2015
Richard Messingham outlines the Law Society's activity at the Conservative party conference, and provides an overview of the key policy debates, developments and announcements.
25 September 2015
Richard Messingham provides an update of the Law Society's undertakings at the Lib Dem and UKIP party conferences, as well as a more detailed review of the day-to-day activity.
18 September 2015
Richard Messingham reflects on the new Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and provides a précis of the Law Society's party conference activity.
11 September 2015
Richard Messingham introduces the first of a series of blogs focusing on political updates, parliamentary briefings, and what's going on in Westminster.