Ministerial role

Solicitor General

Organisations: Attorney General's Office
Current role holder: The Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP


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
  • 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

The Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP

Michael Ellis was appointed Solicitor General on 26 July 2019.

He was previously Minister of State at the Department for Transport from 23 May 2019 to 25 July 2019. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from January 2018 to May 2019.

He was Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from 17 July 2016 to 8 January 2018.

He was elected Conservative MP for Northampton North in May 2010.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. Lucy Frazer QC MP

    2019 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP

    2014 to 2019

  3. The Rt Hon Sir Oliver Heald QC MP

    2012 to 2014

  4. Sir Edward Garnier QC

    2010 to 2012


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