Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP

Biography

The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC was appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 24 July 2019.

He was Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice from May 2019 to July 2019. He was previously Solicitor General. He was elected the Conservative MP for South Swindon in 2010.

Education

Robert was born in Llanelli in 1968. He went to Hatfield College, Durham, graduating in Law in 1990. Robert attended the Inns of Court School of Law, where he was a prize winner for Advocacy and was Called to the Bar at Inner Temple in October 1991.

Career outside politics

He returned to practise in Wales, most recently being a member of Apex Chambers in Cardiff. Robert is a door tenant at 23 Essex Street Chambers, London. In 2009, Robert was appointed as a Recorder of the Crown Court, sitting on the Midland Circuit.

Personal life

In 1997, Robert married Sian, whom he met at university. In 2002, their twin children Millicent and George were born. They live in Wroughton. Robert’s interests include music, wine, political history and watching rugby and cricket.

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

  • Oversight of all portfolios and Ministry of Justice strategy
  • Oversight of future relationship with the EU and international business
  • Resourcing of the department
  • Functions of the Lord Chancellor
  • Judicial policy including pay, pensions and diversity
  • Corporate services

More about this role

Ministry of Justice

Previous roles in government

  1. Minister of State
  2. Solicitor General

Announcements

  1. New measures announced ahead of Hidden Harms Summit
  2. Update on the Implementation of the Whiplash Reform Programme
  3. Consultation on revisions to the Attorney General’s Guidelines on Disclosure and the CPIA Code of Practice
  4. Pregnant prisoners to be temporarily released from custody
  5. Courts during coronavirus pandemic: Robert Buckland statement
  6. Queen's Counsel Appointments Ceremony 2020: Lord Chancellor speech
  7. Times Law Awards 2020: Robert Buckland speech
  8. Enhanced Domestic Abuse Bill introduced to Parliament
  9. Implementation of the Whiplash Reform Programme
  10. Automatic early release of terrorists ends