One QC described the Home Secretary’s proposals as “abhorrent” and refused to follow them
The government has announced plans to “name and shame” companies that employ foreign staff, and lawyers are totally up in arms about it.
Speaking at the Conservative Party conference, Home Secretary Amber Rudd (pictured) unveiled controversial plans which, if implemented, would require companies to publish “the proportion” of “international” staff in their workforce.
One group that has been particularly vocal in this furore is the legal profession.
This morning, family lawyer Philip Marshall QC described the proposals as “abhorrent” and openly refused to comply with them.
This is utterly abhorrent and has echoes from history that I find chilling. As a lawyer and as an employer I will refuse to comply with it. pic.twitter.com/iLSDQNNQdI
— PJM QC (@pjm1kbw) October 5, 2016
It’s not often lawyers publicly support not following a law (though please bear in mind Rudd’s proposals are simply proposals at this stage), but the profession clearly has strong feelings about this.
Anonymous legal blogger the Secret Barrister went as far as to note the eery similarities between the prospective naming and shaming scheme and the Nazi persecution of Jewish people.
If only there were some way of visibly distinguishing the foreigners. Say a yellow star. pic.twitter.com/5rwsI4KU73
— The Secret Barrister (@BarristerSecret) October 5, 2016
As did Quadrant Chambers silk James Turner QC.
Yellow stars https://t.co/J9LhH8zNEX
— James M. Turner QC (@ShipBrief) October 5, 2016
Also quick to give Rudd and co’s recommendations the middle finger were lawyer Lucy Rigby and LSE professor Tom Poole.
Firms to have to list foreign workers, to "shame" them. Seriously? When did we become this country? pic.twitter.com/Ty1u9tO7yw
— Lucy Rigby (@LucyRigby) October 4, 2016
Couldn't agree more. And I would refuse to work for any institution that sought to comply with such an odious directive. https://t.co/4v25NfpTfg
— Thomas Poole (@DrTomPoole) October 5, 2016
You might want to rethink this one Amber…