David Gauke becomes the sixth Lord Chancellor in eight years

Solicitor David Gauke is to become the sixth Lord Chancellor in eight years and the third appointed under Theresa May as prime minister following this week’s cabinet reshuffle. He is reckoned to be the first solicitor to become Lord Chancellor and ends the recent run of non-lawyers in the post.

Chris Grayling was the first non-lawyer in the post of Lord Chancellor for over 400 years. He was followed by another three non lawyers (Michael Gove, Liz Truss and David Lidington).

The former soldier Rory Stewart, who served as deputy governor of southern Iraq following the 2003 invasion, has also been appointed justice minister and barrister Lucy Frazer QC has been appointed parliamentary under secretary of state.

David Gauke was at the commercial law firm Macfarlanes from 1999 to 2005 and was part of the firm’s financial services group. He takes over from Lidington, who lasted only six months, and has now been appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office.

Prior to taking the role, Gauke was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and before this was Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.

In David Gauke’s first appearance in the House of Commons he promised a review of parole decisions in response to the furore over the John Worboys case. However, as the Law Society’s Gazette noted, did not mention the long awaited LASPO review.

About Jon Robins

Jon is a journalist and has written about the law and justice for the national papers and specialist press for more than 15 years. Jon is a visiting journalism lecturer at Winchester University, a visiting senior fellow in access to justice at the University of Lincoln and patron of Hackney Community Law Centre. He has won the Bar Council’s legal reporter of the year award twice (2015 and 2005). Jon is editor and co-founder of LegalVoice

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