‘Never distracted by politics’: Richard Hermer’s surprise appointment as attorney general

‘Never distracted by politics’: Richard Hermer’s surprise appointment as attorney general

The human rights lawyer and Israel critic leads with compassion, say supporters

When asked a few years ago to name the three qualities a lawyer should have, one of the attributes the new attorney general for England and Wales, Richard Hermer KC, chose was “compassion”.

It is difficult to imagine Suella Braverman, who held the role for just over a year until September 2022, championing the same trait, her short reign having driven many lawyers to despair, given her previous attacks on judges, and her advice that the UK could pass a Brexit bill that breached international law.

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