Ministerial role

Solicitor General


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

  • deputising for the Attorney General and 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: Oliver Heald QC MP

Oliver Heald was appointed Solicitor General in September 2012. He is the Conservative MP for North East Hertfordshire.


Oliver studied law at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Political career

Serving as MP for North East Hertfordshire since 1992, Oliver has held a number of front bench positions and select committee roles.

He served as a minister in the Department of Social Security from 1995 to 1997, where he dealt with pension issues and introduced legislation to provide greater powers to benefit fraud investigators. His briefs in opposition included Home Affairs, Health, Work and Pensions, Constitutional Affairs and Shadow Leader of the House.

Between 2007 and his appointment as Solicitor General, he has been a member of committees including Work and Pensions, the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the House of Commons Standards and Privileges Committee.

From 2008 to 2012, he was also a member of the UK Delegation to the Council of Europe.

Career outside politics

Oliver has practised as a barrister since he was called to the bar in 1977.

Personal life

Oliver is married with 3 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Sir Edward Garnier QC MP

    • 2010 to 2012


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