Attorney General

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP

Biography

Dominic Grieve was appointed Attorney General in May 2010. He is the Conservative MP for Beaconsfield.

Education

Dominic was educated at Westminster School and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied modern history.

Political career

Dominic held a number of positions in the shadow cabinet including Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice.

Career outside politics

He was called to the bar in 1980 and practised as a barrister before entering Parliament.

Personal life

Dominic is married with 2 children.

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

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.

Announcements

by The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP

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  1. LawWorks and Attorney General’s Pro Bono Student Awards

    • 7 April 2014
    • News story
  2. Inquest request into the 1995 death of Private Cheryl James at Deepcut barracks

    • 25 March 2014
    • Press release
  3. Attorney General issues advisory note before Hillsborough inquests start

    • 10 March 2014
    • News story
  4. Whole life orders: Ian McLoughlin

    • 18 February 2014
    • Press release
  5. Ian McLoughlin unduly lenient sentence case

    • 24 January 2014
    • Press release
  6. Launch of the Bar Standards Board handbook; challenges and opportunities

    • 23 January 2014
    • Speech
  7. Attorney appoints 3 new Senior Treasury Counsel

    • 8 January 2014
    • News story
  8. In defence of the jury trial

    • 12 December 2013
    • Speech
  9. Attorney General to warn Facebook and Twitter users about contempt of court

    • 4 December 2013
    • Press release
  10. Attorney General and the Lord Chief Justice issue revised guidance to the legal profession on disclosure

    • 3 December 2013
    • News story

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