Ministerial role

Attorney General

Responsibilities

The Attorney General is chief legal adviser to the Crown and has a number of independent public interest functions, as well as overseeing the Law Officers’ departments. These are:

  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • the Serious Fraud Office
  • Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

Other responsibilities include:

  • acting as principal legal adviser on questions of EU and international law, human rights and devolution issues
  • referring unduly lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal
  • bringing proceedings for contempt of court
  • intervening in certain proceedings to protect charities
  • dealing with questions of law arising on government Bills
  • legal aspects of all major international and domestic litigation involving the government

The Attorney General also holds the separate office of Advocate General for Northern Ireland. The Advocate General for Scotland has specific responsibility for Scottish law matters.

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP

Jeremy Wright QC was appointed Attorney General on 15 July 2014. He was elected the Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam in 2010.

Education

Jeremy studied at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the bar in 1996, specialising in criminal law (both prosecution and defence).

Career

He served as a member of the Justice Committee and founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in 2007. He was made an Opposition Whip in 2007 and became a Government Whip in 2010. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice in 2012.

Personal life

Jeremy is married with a daughter and a son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC

    • 2010 to 2014

Announcements

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  1. Attorney General statement on Syria consent case

    • 13 May 2015
    • News story
  2. New Chief Inspector of HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

    • 16 March 2015
    • News story
  3. Global Law Summit - Keynote Address

    • 25 February 2015
    • Speech
  4. Media Advisory

    • 16 January 2015
    • Press release
  5. Attorney General appears before European Court of Human Rights

    • 10 December 2014
    • News story
  6. Sweet and Maxwell Criminal Law Review conference

    • 4 December 2014
    • Speech
  7. IBC Legal Conferences’ 8th Annual Social Media Law Conference

    • 27 November 2014
    • Speech
  8. The Rule of Law and the Future of the Sector

    • 14 October 2014
    • Speech
  9. Media Advisory Note

    • 9 October 2014
    • Press release
  10. Attorney General’s keynote address to the 32nd Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime on Tuesday 2 September 2014

    • 5 September 2014
    • Speech