Counsel General for Wales

Counsel General for Wales

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The Counsel General for Wales advises the Welsh Government on Welsh legislative matters and advises on legislative competency. The position of the Counsel General for Wales is described in the Government of Wales Act 2006 and controlled in Standing Order 5 [1].

The Counsel General is a member of the Welsh Government; he or she is its chief legal adviser and is a political appointee, not a civil servant. The Counsel General is appointed by Her Majesty on the recommendation of the First Minister and may be removed from office by Her Majesty on the recommendation of the First Minister.

From 1998 to October 2003, Winston Roddick CB QC fulfilled this role while the Executive and legislature were combined, and was Counsel General to the National Assembly for Wales. As such he had responsibility for advising the Assembly on all legal matters including, in particular, public and constitutional law, employment and disciplinary tribunals, information law, including the Data Protection Act.

The Counsel General may intervene in the public interest in any proceedings relating to the functions of the Welsh Ministers and/or the First Minister[2]. In Westminster, the closest equivalent to this role is the Attorney General, although this is not a perfect comparison.

List of office holders

Name Picture Entered office Left office Political party Government
Carwyn Jones AM Carwyn Jones 2011.jpg 19 July 2007 9 December 2009 Labour Labour/Plaid Cymru Coalition
John Griffiths AM John Griffiths.jpg December 2009 27 May 2011 Labour Labour/Plaid Cymru Coalition
Theodore Huckle QC [3] Replace this image male.svg 27 May 2011 Labour party appointment Labour


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