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 Treasury Solicitor’s 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 MP was appointed as Solicitor General on 15 July 2014. He was elected a Member of Parliament 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. Oliver Heald QC

    • 2012 to 2014
  2. Sir Edward Garnier QC

    • 2010 to 2012

Announcements

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  1. Redditch man sees sentence doubled to 20 years’ imprisonment for multiple rapes

    • 1 July 2015
    • News story
  2. Solicitor General issues advisory note on Hillsborough inquest

    • 16 March 2015
    • News story
  3. Solicitor General meets apprentice law degree students

    • 10 March 2015
    • Press release
  4. Home Secretary publishes Government response to Rotherham reports

    • 3 March 2015
    • News story
  5. Solicitor General speech on business and human rights

    • 10 December 2014
    • Speech
  6. New Law Officers appointed

    • 17 July 2014
    • Press release
  7. Solicitor General welcomes sentence increase for fraudsters who preyed on elderly

    • 16 May 2014
    • Press release
  8. Increased sentence handed to violent Penzance rapist

    • 14 March 2014
    • Press release
  9. Northampton man has sentence increased to life for brutal rape

    • 4 March 2014
    • Press release
  10. Court of Appeal finds rape and human trafficking sentences unduly lenient

    • 4 February 2014
    • Press release