The Treasury Solicitor is the government’s most senior legal official and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department. The department provides the full range of legal services to government departments and other public bodies including:
- expert advisory, litigation, commercial and employment law services
- drafting statutory instruments and other subordinate legislation
- advice on the development of new legislation, preparing instructions for bills to be drafted by Parliamentary counsel and assisting in the handling of bills in Parliament
- advice on legal policy and practice
The department is also responsible for collecting, managing and disposing of bona vacantia (ownerless property and other assets) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In addition the Treasury Solicitor acts as head of profession for the wider Government Legal Profession, which includes a number of government legal teams outside GLD.