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The law officers in the new age of politics

These posts are at risk of becoming anachronisms, but it need not be that way

By David Allen Green  

Attorney General Suella Braverman. Photo: Wiktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

There are a number of grand-sounding titles for those in the British government concerned with the law. The government’s chief legal official is the treasury solicitor and Queen’s proctor. The lord high chancellor and keeper of the great seal sits in the cabinet, doubling up as secretary of state for justice. And then there are the so-called law officers: the attorney general, the solicitor general and their equivalent for Scottish law matters, the advocate general.

Such wonderful Ruritanian titles, but the recent attempt by the…

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