Keir Starmer turns down role with Mishcon de Reya law firm

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 25, 2017

Prior to that his last contact with the firm was in October 2016 when he declared that until further notice he would receive £4,500 a month from Mishcon Academy for six hours of legal advice.

"The firm acted for Gina Miller in her case against the government regarding the triggering of Article 50 even though your party leader Jeremy Corbyn called for Article 50 to be triggered immediately following the referendum, without the consent of Parliament".

He quit the post just days before taking on the high profile front bench post of shadow Brexit secretary in Jeremy Corbyn's top team.

Between June and September previous year he was paid £18,000 by the company for just 24 hours of "legal advice".

Between June and November of the same year, Starmer also received £7,200 for legal advice given to West End firm Simons Muirhead & Burton.

The legal firm represented the businesswoman Ms Miller at her challenge to the Government past year.

The government was forced to introduce emergency legislation after its appeal to the supreme court in January upheld the decision favouring Miller and her co-claimants.

Conservative MP James Cleverly has written to the shadow Brexit secretary
Conservative MP James Cleverly wrote to the shadow Brexit secretary

Mishcon de Reya said on Monday that it was in talks with Starmer, who was director of public prosecutions before he entered parliament, about an advisory position.

Yesterday's media reports of discussions between Starmer and Mishcon regarding possible work advising in-house training arm attracted criticism from a Conservative MP who sought to accuse him of a "conflict of interest".

They said: "We are in discussions with Keir Starmer about reappointing him as an adviser to the Mishcon Academy". Labour, meanwhile, are facing in-fighting over the party's Brexit position.

Mr Corbyn - a longtime Eurosceptic - has vowed to honour the result of the referendum by quitting the European Union and ending the immigration free-for-fall.

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

Sir Keir has now withdrawn his interest.

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