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The office of solicitor general: 500 years on

Phillip Taylor MBE profiles the law officer's role with the current solicitor general, Robert Buckland QC MP

11 August 2015

So, how many solicitors general have you met, and do you know what they do?

Looking at a list, I reckon I've met about a dozen over 40 years, but I'm sure many legal commentators can do much better than that. I asked the current solicitor general, Robert Buckland QC, MP for Swindon South, for an interview about his work and found out very quickly how little is really known of the role of the two law officers, particularly that of the solicitor general, who is the deputy to the attorney general (currently Jeremy Wright QC), whom we all think we know much more about.

Most of us, as lawyers, will go back to two books from our days as law students for a clue on the role: Brazier's Ministers of the Crown (1997) and, even earlier, Edwards's The Law Officers of the Crown (1964). The reality of the appointments is now rather different, however, as they act as the government's family...

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