UK: Shabana Mahmood appointed lord chancellor and justice secretary in Starmer cabinet

The Law Society Gazette

Birmingham MP and former practising barrister Shabana Mahmood was today named as lord chancellor and secretary of state for justice in the new Labour government. Mahmood was the fourth former shadow minister to walk into Downing Street today following Sir Keir Starmer’s appointment as prime minister. She will be the first observant Muslim and only the second woman to assume the ancient office of lord chancellor.

Mahmood, 43, was elected as MP for Birmingham Ladywood in 2010. She was born and brought up in Birmingham and called to the bar at Grays Inn after studying on a scholarship. In practice, she specialised in professional indemnity cases. She was appointed shadow justice secretary in September last year. Previous shadow ministerial roles included spells at home affairs, business and as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury.