Joanna Cherry QC returns to practice with Arnot Manderson Advocates
Joanna Cherry QC MP has announced that she will returning to practice at the bar on a limited basis as a member of (the) Arnot Manderson Advocates (stable). She confirmed that she has accepted instructions through Beltrami and Co to conduct the defence of Marion Millar, a feminist activist who has been charged by police with offences under s.127 of the Communications Act.
Commenting Joanna Cherry said – “After my election to Parliament in 2015 the demands of my duties as a front bench spokesperson precluded me from accepting any instructions in my capacity as an Advocate. Now that I no longer have those responsibilities, I hope to be able to take on human rights and public law cases from time to time, as my duties as a constituency MP allow. I am grateful to the Dean of Faculty for granting me a Dean’s dispensation to reflect the fact that my availability to be instructed will necessarily be limited by the requirement to be at Westminster regularly and to fulfil my duties to my constituents. In this respect I will be following in the tradition of fellow members of the Faculty of Advocates including John Smith and Menzies Campbell who combined the occasional practice of law with their duties as MPs. I remain very committed to the law as an important instrument for upholding human rights and preventing discrimination and I am sure that there will be a synergy between the cases I take on and the values I have championed in elected politics, particularly respect for human rights, equality and the Rule of Law.”