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Mishcon de Reya is hosting the hottest event in law: a talk by former health secretary Matt Hancock.
The divisive politician is appearing at the Mishcon Academy as part of the promotional tour for his book, Pandemic Diaries.
Mishcon said that when Covid “swept the world” Hancock was “at the forefront of Britain’s battle against the virus”, which he was until he was forced to resign after he was caught snogging a colleague in breach of his own social distancing rules.
Since stepping down from his cabinet position, the MP has sought to rehabilitate his reputation by casting himself as a loveable TV personality and, via his book, a seer of the pandemic.
He’s also made some money. Hancock took a £320,000 fee to appear on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (he donated 3% to charity), where he was subjected to 10 Bushtucker Trials.
The Tory MP finished in third place after viewers picked him to crawl through infested tunnels, get dunked in a tank, and eat a camel's penis, a sheep's vagina and a cow's anus.
Hancock was found to have breached business appointment rules by not consulting the parliamentary watchdog before his appearance, but some commentators reckoned his game participation successfully ‘junglewashed' the public's opinion of him.
His PR assault is set to continue with a spot on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, and, as if that wasn't enough Hancock to last a lifetime, he has recently launched himself on TikTok.
The MP has happily absorbed mockery of clips depicting him awkwardly performing basic tasks such as walking down a corridor and ironing a shirt.
Mishcon said it “understands that many people may have been and are still being directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic", and noted in its blurb that "attending this talk may be difficult”.
Those who overcome their reservations may enjoy a cathartic experience, as the firm has promised that “Matt has agreed to answer any questions”.
A spokesperson for Mishcon de Reya told RollOnFriday, “We invite a wide range of speakers to come and talk at The Academy and have done for many years”. Recent guests have included Mel C, Jarvis Cocker, Sajid Javid, and Jess Phillips.
What questions would you ask Matty? And what other guests should Mishcon schedule? Chuck suggestions in the comments.