The Attorney-General, politics and logistics - a fork in the road?

James Hand*

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The appointment of recent Attorneys-General for England and Wales has occasioned much comment about their experience. This article considers whether, following the transmogrification of the Lord Chancellorship over a decade ago, the backgrounds and activities of recent leaders of the Attorney-General’s Office suggest the time is now right for similar changes to the law officers’ roles. In doing so, it presents a range of original data on aspects of the role and on characteristics of Attorneys-General which suggests unless self-restraint is exercised (by the Prime Minister and the post-holders) we may ineluctably be on the path to reform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-445
Number of pages21
JournalLegal Studies
Issue number3
Early online date11 Jan 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022


  • public law
  • Attorney-General
  • law officers
  • legal profession
  • legal history


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