Sir Stephen Laws
Senior Fellow, Judicial Power Project
Sir Stephen Laws KCB QC (Hon) is a Senior Research Fellow on Policy Exchange’s Judicial Power Project. He was First Parliamentary Counsel from 2006-12. As such, he was the Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office responsible for the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (an office in which he had served as a legislative drafter since 1976), for the offices of the Government Business Managers in both Houses and for constitutional advice to the centre of Government. After he retired in 2012, he was a member of the McKay Commission on the consequences of devolution for the House of Commons and subsequently a member of the advisory panel for Lord Strathclyde’s review of secondary legislation and the primacy of the House of Commons. He writes on constitutional and legal matters He is a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, an Honorary Senior Research Associate at University College London and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Kent Law School.
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by Sir Stephen Laws | Mar 15, 2019Related Content The UK’s legal position in relation to the backstop This paper re-examines the UK’s legal position in relation to the backstop. Download Related Content Stay Up To DateJoin Our Mailing List The Exchange Podcast Support UsSupport Our Work Policy...
by Sir Stephen Laws | Jan 21, 2019Related Content It is a mistake to assume that the House of Commons could engineer a change to the law to postpone or cancel Brexit without persuading the Government to acquiesce and participate in securing the change. The risks to which an attempt to do so would give...
by Sir Stephen Laws | Jan 19, 2019Related Content Current proposals for Parliament to “take over the process” are based on fundamental misconceptions about the UK constitution, and that makes them both dangerous and wrong. This paper explains how. Download Related Content Stay Up To DateJoin Our...
by Sir Stephen Laws | Dec 3, 2018Read Publication On 11 December, the House of Commons must vote on whether to approve the Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the UK and the EU. At this point, it seems there is no majority...
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