5KBW’s Sarah Forshaw QC has offered non-lawyer justice secretary Chris Grayling an opportunity to gain some legal experience during the summer parliamentary recess with a mini-pupillage at her set.
Making the proposal to the first non-lawyer to serve as Lord Chancellor since the Earl of Shaftesbury in 1672-3, Forshaw told Spear’s Magazine: “I’d dearly like to extend him an invitation to come with any junior member of my chambers, to go along to court with them and see what they do. And he can see the fee they earn at the end of it.”
She added of the former management consultant and TV producer: “As I understand it, Mr Grayling has been to Southwark Crown Court on one occasion, but he didn’t actually enter the court. I don’t believe he’s ever seen a publicly funded criminal trial.”