Attorney General

The Rt Hon Suella Braverman QC MP

Biography

Suella Braverman was appointed Attorney General on 13 February 2020.

She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from January to November 2018.

Suella was elected as the Conservative MP for Fareham in May 2015.

Education

Suella was educated at Heathfield School in London and went on to study Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge. She gained a Masters in Law from the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne and qualified as a New York Attorney.

Career

Called to the Bar in 2005, Suella specialised in public law and judicial review. From 2010-2015 she was on the Attorney General’s Panel of Treasury Counsel. She has defended the Home Office in immigration cases, the Parole Board in challenges by prisoners and the Ministry of Defence in matters relating to injuries sustained in battle.

Attorney General

The Attorney General is chief legal adviser to the Crown and has a number of independent public interest functions, as well as overseeing the Law Officers’ departments. These are:

  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • the Serious Fraud Office
  • Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate
  • the Government Legal Department

Other responsibilities include:

  • acting as principal legal adviser on questions of EU and international law, human rights and devolution issues
  • referring unduly lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal
  • bringing proceedings for contempt of court
  • intervening in certain proceedings to protect charities
  • dealing with questions of law arising on government Bills
  • legal aspects of all major international and domestic litigation involving the government

The Attorney General also holds the separate office of Advocate General for Northern Ireland. The Advocate General for Scotland has specific responsibility for Scottish law matters.

More about this role

Attorney General's Office

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Announcements

  1. Attorney General extends undertaking for Grenfell Tower Inquiry
  2. Attorney General appoints new Junior Treasury Counsel
  3. Consultation on revisions to the Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure and the CPIA Code of Practice
  4. Attorney General provides undertaking for Grenfell Tower Inquiry
  5. Attorney General seeking feedback on new disclosure guidelines
  6. New Attorney General sworn in
  7. New Attorney General appointed
  8. Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) communiqué: 13 November 2018
  9. Joint Ministerial Committee (EU Negotiations) communiqué: 11 October 2018
  10. UK meeting milestones for Euratom exit