Twenty constituencies may elect a new solicitor MP at general election

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Steve Barclay Conservative East Cambridgeshire Jake Berry Conservative Rossendale and Darwen Norsheen Bhatti Conservative Stoke-on-Trent Central Kevin Bonavia Labour Rochford & Southend East Bambos Charalambous Labour Enfield, Southgate Laura Edge Liberal Democrats Finchley and Golders Green Charlie Elphicke Conservative Dover Jonathan Evans Conservative Cardiff North Kevin Foster Conservative Coventry South Helen Grant Conservative Maidstone and The Weald Jamie Hanley Labour Pudsey Trevor Ivory Conservative North Norfolk Robert Jenrick Conservative Newcastle-under-Lyme Gareth Johnson Conservative Dartford Maryam Khan Labour Bury North Nicky Morgan Conservative Loughborough Anne Marie Morris Conservative Newton Abbot Edwin Northover Conservative Leyton and Wanstead David Nuttall Conservative Bury North Dominic Raab Conservative Esher and Walton Mark Reckless Conservative Rochester and Strood John Stevenson Conservative Carlisle Chuka Umunna Labour Streatham James Wharton Conservative Stockton South Hamish Sandison Labour Monmouth Serena Tierney Liberal Democrats Mid Sussex

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The Law Society has identified more than 20 constituencies which are likely to elect a new solicitor MP at the general election.

The list of solicitor candidates in safe seats or seats where they appear likely to succeed contains lawyers from firms including City firms Field Fisher Waterhouse, Herbert Smith and Travers Smith; north-west firm Halliwells and Birmingham firm Wragge & Co.

Helen Grant, founder of family and legal aid firm Grants in Croyden, is expected to become the Conservative Party’s first black woman MP by replacing retiring MP Ann Widdecombe in Maidstone and The Weald.

Solicitor Dominic Raab, candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Esher and Walton, was chief of staff to shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve QC until recently, and trained at Linklaters.

Among the most high-profile Labour solicitor candidates is mixed race Chuka Umunna, who has been dubbed ‘Britain’s Barack Obama’. Umunna is an associate at London firm Rochman Landau and previously worked at Herbert Smith.

Other Labour candidates include Field Fisher Waterhouse partner Hamish Sandison who is standing as a Labour candidate in Monmouth, and Kevin Bonavia, an associate at Byrne & Partners in London, who is standing in Rochford and Southend East.For the Liberal Democrats, Serena Tierney, a consultant at Wragge & Co, is standing in Mid Sussex, while Laura Edge is standing in Finchley and Golders Green.

A Law Society spokeswoman said the Society would be supporting solicitor MPs in parliament and helping them to act as advocates for the profession.

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