Solicitor General for England and Wales

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Her Majesty's Solicitor General for England and Wales
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Robert Buckland

since 15 July 2014
Appointer The Sovereign
on the advice of the Prime Minister
Term length At Her Majesty's Pleasure
Website Attorney General's Office

Her Majesty's Solicitor General for England and Wales, known informally as the Solicitor General, is one of the Law Officers of the Crown, and the deputy of the Attorney General, whose duty is to advise the Crown and Cabinet on the law. He or she can exercise the powers of the Attorney General in the Attorney General's absence.

There is also a Solicitor General for Scotland, who is the deputy of the Lord Advocate. As well as the Sovereign's Solicitor General, the Prince of Wales and a Queen consort (when the Sovereign is male) are also entitled to have an Attorney and Solicitor General, though the present Prince of Wales has only an Attorney General and no Solicitor General.

The Solicitor General is addressed in court as "Mr Solicitor" or ''Ms Solicitor''. Despite the title, the position is usually held by a barrister. Robert Buckland, MP for South Swindon, was confirmed in the post on 15 July 2014,[1] replacing Sir Oliver Heald.

Solicitors-General of England (and Wales), 1461–present[edit]

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Colour key (for political parties):
  Conservative   Labour

Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister
Harriet Harman Harriet Harman 2009 color.jpg 11 June 2001 10 May 2005 Labour Tony Blair
Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien 2.jpg 11 May 2005 29 June 2007 Labour
Vera Baird Vera Baird.png 29 June 2007 11 May 2010 Labour Gordon Brown
Sir Edward Garnier Edward Garnier, Solicitor General.jpg 13 May 2010 4 September 2012 Conservative David Cameron
Sir Oliver Heald Recent Picture of Oliver Heald QC MP Nov 2012.jpg 4 September 2012 15 July 2014 Conservative
Robert Buckland Robert Buckland, Solicitor General for England and Wales.jpg 15 July 2014 Incumbent Conservative
Theresa May

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