A Latham & Watkins lawyer is standing for UKIP in the general election

Tim Page is counsel at the US giant’s London office

Devizes in Wiltshire

A City lawyer at one of world’s most prestigious law firms is standing for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in next month’s general election.

Tim Page, counsel at the London office of US giant Latham & Watkins, will be representing UKIP on 8 June in the quaint market town of Devizes in the heart of Wiltshire.

An expert in all aspects of corporate and commercial work, Page joined the firm in 2014 following a 14-year stint as a partner at magic circle outfit Clifford Chance. According to Page’s LinkedIn profile he was also a “manager” at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer between 1987 and 1996.

Does Page really stand a chance of bagging a parliamentary seat?

A slim one at best. In the 2015 general election the constituents of Devizes voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Conservative candidate Claire Perry. She landed over 28,000 votes (58%), while her nearest rival, UKIPer David Pollitt, secured just 7,544 (14%). But perhaps our Latham lawyer will have more luck.

Neither Latham & Watkins nor Page responded to Legal Cheek’s request for comment.

Page isn’t the only legal eagle with UKIP glory in his sights. Earlier this month Legal Cheek brought you the story of Manchester Metropolitan University law student Ian Bond.

The 30-year-old father of four is in the final year of his LLB and is standing in Oldham East and Saddleworth. But will his exam commitments get in the way of his political campaigning? Speaking to Legal Cheek at the time, Bond said:

[T]he early stages of a campaign can be easily fitted around my exams. I have friends who have been pulling all-nighters at the library but my way is a few hours each day.

For all the latest news, features, events and jobs, sign up to Legal Cheek’s weekly newsletter here.