AGM 2020

Monday, 22nd June 2020 at 6.00pm.

 

Owing to the prevailing restrictions around the Covid-19 outbreak and in order to allow as many Members to participate as possible we held the AGM virtually on Zoom.  

 

Sadly, we were not able to hold our normal reception after the business of the AGM but we were pleased that the Attorney General, The Rt Hon Suella Braverman MP, was able join us ‘virtually’ for a short talk followed by a Q&A session.

The Rt Hon Suella Braverman QC MP

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Suella Braverman was appointed Attorney General on 13 February 2020. She was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union.

Called to the Bar in 2005, Suella specialised in public law and judicial review. From 2010–2015 she was on the Attorney General’s Panel of Treasury Counsel. She has defended the Home Office in immigration cases, the Parole Board in challenges by prisoners and the Ministry of Defence in matters relating to injuries sustained in battle.

The Attorney General is chief legal adviser to the Crown and has a number of independent public interest functions, as well as overseeing the Law Officers’ departments:

  • the Crown Prosecution Service

  • the Serious Fraud Office

  • Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

  • the Government Legal Department

Other responsibilities include:

  • acting as principal legal adviser on questions of EU and international law, human rights and devolution issues

  • referring unduly lenient sentences to the Court of Appeal

  • bringing proceedings for contempt of court

  • intervening in certain proceedings to protect charities

  • dealing with questions of law arising on government Bills

  • legal aspects of all major international and domestic litigation involving the government