Ministerial role

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Organisations: Ministry of Justice
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP


  • Oversight of all portfolios and Ministry of Justice strategy
  • Oversight of international business and future relations with the EU
  • Resourcing of the department
  • Functions of the Lord Chancellor
  • Judicial policy including pay, pensions and diversity
  • Corporate services
  • Oversight of departmental COVID-19 response supported by other ministers according to portfolio

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP

The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 24 July 2019.

He was Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice from May 2019 to July 2019. He was previously Solicitor General. He was elected the Conservative MP for South Swindon in 2010.


Robert was born in Llanelli in 1968. He went to Hatfield College, Durham, graduating in Law in 1990. Robert attended the Inns of Court School of Law, where he was a prize winner for Advocacy and was Called to the Bar at Inner Temple in October 1991.

Career outside politics

He returned to practise in Wales, most recently being a member of Apex Chambers in Cardiff. Robert is a door tenant at 23 Essex Street Chambers, London. In 2009, Robert was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court, sitting on the Midland Circuit.

Personal life

In 1997, Robert married Sian, whom he met at university. In 2002, their twin children Millicent and George were born. They live in Wroughton. Robert’s interests include music, wine, political history and watching rugby and cricket.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon David Gauke

    2018 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon David Lidington CBE

    2017 to 2018

  3. The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

    2016 to 2017

  4. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

    2015 to 2016

  5. The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

    2012 to 2015

  6. The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC

    2010 to 2012