Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and Deputy Prime Minister

The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP

Biography

Dominic Raab was appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor, and Secretary of State for Justice on 15 September 2021. He was first elected Conservative MP for Esher and Walton in May 2010.

Political career

Dominic was Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union from July to November 2018.

He was previously Minister of State for Housing at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from 9 January 2018 to 9 July 2018.

He was Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice from 12 June 2017 to 9 January 2018. Dominic served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Human Rights) at the Ministry of Justice from 2015 to 2016.

Education

Dominic went to Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, and studied law at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and for a Masters at Cambridge, winning the Clive Parry Prize for International Law.

Career before politics

Dominic started his career as a business lawyer at City law firm Linklaters, working on project finance, international litigation and competition law. He also spent time on secondments at Liberty (the human rights NGO) and in Brussels advising on EU and WTO law.

Dominic later worked at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office between 2000 and 2006 on a range of issues from investor protection to war crimes policy.

Personal life

Dominic is married with 2 children.

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

  • Oversight of all portfolios and Ministry of Justice strategy
  • Oversight of departmental COVID-19 response supported by other ministers according to portfolio
  • Oversight of international business and future relations with the EU
  • MOJ support for the Union
  • Resourcing of the department
  • Functions of the Lord Chancellor
  • Judicial policy including pay, pensions and diversity (these and other operational decisions affecting the judiciary are reserved to the Lord Chancellor)
  • Corporate services

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