Ministerial role

Solicitor General

Responsibilities

The Solicitor General supports the Attorney across the range of his responsibilities. This includes:

  • deputising for the Attorney General and being responsible for such matters as the Attorney General delegates to him
  • providing support to the Attorney General in his superintendence of the Government Legal Department, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Service Prosecuting Authority, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and the Serious Fraud Office
  • providing support to the Attorney General on civil litigation and advice on civil law matters and on the public interest function

Current role holder: Robert Buckland QC MP

Robert Buckland QC was appointed as Solicitor General on 15 July 2014. He was elected the Conservative MP for South Swindon in 2010.

Education

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 practice 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.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald QC MP

    • 2012 to 2014
  2. Sir Edward Garnier QC

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

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  1. Child sex offenders sent to prison after Solicitor General’s action

    • Press release
  2. Dangerous driver who caused fatal crash but didn’t stop at the scene has his sentence increased

    • Press release
  3. Kent Law School puts Solicitor General in the ‘hot seat’

    • Press release
  4. Wrexham murderer to spend longer behind bars

    • Press release
  5. Jail term increased for robbers who targeted elderly

    • Press release
  6. HGV driver’s sentence doubled after fatal crash

    • Press release
  7. Van driver’s sentence is extended after cyclist is killed

    • Press release
  8. Sex offender’s sentence extended for repeated child abuse

    • Press release
  9. Driver who killed best friend now jailed

    • Press release
  10. Child sex abuser has sentence increased

    • Press release