The Law Officers

On 13 May 2010 the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, appointed Dominic Grieve QC MP as Attorney General and Edward Garnier QC MP, as Solicitor General.

The Attorney General fulfils the role of chief legal adviser to the government and superintends the principal prosecuting authorities within England and Wales. These are the Crown Prosecution Service (which since January 2010 incorporates the Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office) and the Serious Fraud Office. The Attorney General also has overall responsibility for the Treasury Solicitor's Department and Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, and fulfils a number of independent public interest functions. As Attorney General for England and Wales, Mr Grieve also holds the office of Advocate General for Northern Ireland.

The Solicitor General supports the Attorney across the range of his responsibilities.

The Attorney General is also the Advocate General for Northern Ireland. The Advocate General for Scotland, the Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC, is the UK Law Officer with specific responsibility for Scots law matters.