Attorney General

The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox QC MP


Geoffrey Cox MP was appointed as Attorney General on 9 July 2018.

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.


  1. Max Hill QC joins the CPS as Director of Public Prosecutions
  2. Advocate General for Northern Ireland, Geoffrey Cox QC MP called to the Bar
  3. Attorney General reappoints Chief Inspector
  4. No new inquest into the death of Theresa Biggs
  5. Repeat offender has sentence increased after Attorney General’s referral
  6. Sword-wielding Bristol murderer to spend longer in prison
  7. Jail for man who sexually abused Worcestershire teen
  8. Apply to the Attorney General’s Civil Panel Counsel - London C Panel
  9. Essex drug-dealer jailed following Attorney General’s referral
  10. Attorney General proposes term extension for Chief Inspector