Edward Faulks, Baron Faulks
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|The Right Honourable
The Lord Faulks
|Minister of State for Civil Justice and Legal Policy|
20 January 2014
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Born||Edward Peter Lawless Faulks
19 August 1950
|Spouse(s)||Catherine Frances Turner|
Background and education
Faulks is the son of His Honour Peter Ronald Faulks MC and Pamela Faulks (née Lawless). The novelist Sebastian Faulks is his younger brother. He was educated at Wellington College and Jesus College, Oxford, where he graduated with an MA. He was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1973.
Faulks became a Queen's Counsel in 1996 and a Recorder in 2000. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He became a bencher in 2002. He was a Literary Agent, for Curtis Brown, from 1980–81. He was an Assistant Recorder, 1996–2000. He was Chairman of the Professional Negligence Bar Association 2002–04 and Special Advisor to the Department for Constitutional Affairs on compensation culture, 2005–06. In 2010 he was created a life peer as Baron Faulks, of Donnington in the Royal County of Berkshire.
- On 10 June 2015, Faulks questioned in the House of Lords "whether it is always necessary for everybody who has quite real problems to have a lawyer at £200-odd an hour, or whether there are better and more effective ways of giving advice". The fact-checking web-site FullFact.org investigated and concluded that the claim was untrue - only in exceptionally rare circumstances do lawyers command such charges, with £50-£70 per hour being a routine fee.
Faulks is a contributing editor to "Local Authority Liabilities", 1998, 4th edition 2009.
Lord Faulks married Catherine Frances Turner, daughter of Lindsay Turner and Anthea Cadbury, in 1990. They have two sons. Lady Faulks is an elected member of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
- The London Gazette: . 26 July 2010.
- "Ministerial changes: December 2013". 18 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
- "Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012", Lords Hansard, 10 June 2015
- "Legal aid lawyers aren’t on £200 an hour". FullFact.org. 6 July 2015.
- "Lord Feldman’s failure to vote leaves Faulks furious". Daily Telegraph.