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Legal aid: the new man in charge

24 May 2010

Jonathan Djanogly, son of textile tycoon Sir Harry Djanogly, co-founder of Coats Viyella and owner of a fortune estimated at £300m, is the new legal aid minister. He takes over from Lord Bach and will lead the coalition government’s legal aid review.

Djanogly is a former partner at City firm SJ Berwin and Tory MP for the constituency of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, formerly the seat of Sir John Major.

According to The Daily Telegraph, he repaid £25,000 to the fees office following the expenses furore.

Trainee solicitors were seconded from SJ Berwin to work in Djanogly’s parliamentary office, each one working there for three months. According to the Commons register of interests, the maximum annual value of their work was £41,500.

Djanogly was previously shadow solicitor general and a shadow minister in the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. His other responsibilities at the MoJ are civil law, the Courts Service and the Office of the Public Guardian.

Crispin Blunt, the Tory MP for Reigate in Surrey and a former Army captain, takes over responsibility for criminal justice and prisons.

This includes youth justice, which from now on will be the sole responsibility of the MoJ and will no longer be shared with the Department of Education.

Lord McNally, former Liberal Democrat leader and now deputy leader of the House of Lords, will be responsible for civil liberties, freedom of information, public law and the Law Commission.

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