Intimidating lawyers is a dangerous political game

The position that Jacqueline McKenzie, an immigration lawyer, has found herself in is very alarming (Target of Tory ‘lefty lawyer’ dossier forced to review security after email, 8 August).

The Law Society is increasingly concerned about the safety and welfare of honest, hard-working solicitors, in what seems to have become a political game. Words have consequences, particularly when they come from people in positions of seniority and power. They can legitimise hate and encourage division, and have serious repercussions, often involving innocent bystanders.

Referring to lawyers, the vast majority of whom are honest and act within the legal framework, in derogatory terms undermines trust in the law. It also undermines the legal profession and the justice system, which are there to keep us all safe.

The role of solicitors is to apply and uphold the laws set down by parliament. They have a right to do this on behalf of their clients without intimidation or fear.

We urge politicians and the media to reflect carefully on the role they play in maintaining the rule of law. Nobody should be put at risk for doing their job, least of all when that job is to uphold the law.
Lubna Shuja
President, Law Society

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