Attorney General

The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP


Jeremy Wright QC was appointed Attorney General on 15 July 2014. He was elected the Conservative MP for Kenilworth and Southam in 2010.


Jeremy studied at the Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the bar in 1996, specialising in criminal law (both prosecution and defence).


He served as a member of the Justice Committee and founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia in 2007. He was made an Opposition Whip in 2007 and became a Government Whip in 2010. He was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice in 2012.

Personal life

Jeremy is married with a daughter and a son.

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.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prisons, Probation, Rehabilitation and Sentencing

    • 2012 to 2014


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  1. New head of the Serious Fraud Office announced

    • Press release
  2. Cyber and International Law in the 21st Century

    • Speech
  3. Attorney General applies for £400 million to be released from legal limbo to help pay down the National Debt

    • Press release
  4. Huddersfield gang member has sentence increased as unduly lenient

    • Press release
  5. Paedophile has sentence increased for being unduly lenient

    • Press release
  6. Devolved Brexit legislation referred to the Supreme Court

    • Press release
  7. Interim Director for Serious Fraud Office announced

    • Press release
  8. Attorney General launches recruitment campaign for new Director of Public Prosecutions

    • Press release
  9. Recruitment for new Director of Public Prosecutions to be launched

    • Press release
  10. Attorney General speech at the Modern Slavery Summit

    • Speech