The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP has been sworn in as Lord Chancellor at a historic ceremony today at the Royal Courts of Justice.
Deputy Prime Minister Raab was joined by Rt Hon Suella Braverman QC MP who was sworn in as Attorney General for England and Wales and Alex Chalk QC MP who was sworn in as Solicitor General for England and Wales.
The Lord Chief Justice, the Lord Ian Burnett of Maldon spoke at the ceremony to welcome the Law Officers and the Lord Chancellor into their roles.
Speaking after the ceremony, the Attorney General, the Rt Hon Suella Braverman said:
Lord Chancellor, the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, said:
Commenting on his new appointment Alex Chalk QC MP said:
The Attorney General is the Government’s chief legal advisor and also attends Cabinet. As well as providing advice to government, the Law Officers oversee the Law Officers’ Departments which include the Crown Prosecution Service, Serious Fraud Office, Government Legal Department and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.
The Law Officers carry out a number of functions in the public interest, such as considering unduly lenient sentences, and taking action when there has been a contempt of court. These functions are carried out independently of their role as government ministers.
Suella Braverman was appointed Attorney General on 13 February 2020. She was re-appointed as Attorney General on 10 September 2021 following her maternity leave.
Alex Chalk was appointed as Solicitor General for England and Wales on 16 September 2021.