Posted: Tue 28th Jun 2016

Mick Antoniw Appointed Counsel General For Wales

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Jun 28th, 2016

Her Majesty the Queen has approved the appointment of Mick Antoniw AM as the Welsh Government’s chief legal adviser. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

This follows the recommendation from the First Minister Carwyn Jones and approval from the National Assembly of Wales on Tuesday 21 June. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Counsel General’s role involves providing legal advice to the Welsh Government and representing it in legal proceedings. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Other responsibilities include: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

  • responding to proposals or consultations that affect legal matters in Wales
  • advising on the development of Welsh Government policy on legal matters
  • bringing, defending or appearing in legal proceedings
  • referring a provision of an Assembly Bill, including a Welsh Government Bill, to the Supreme Court

The First Minister said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“As the Welsh Government’s chief legal adviser, the Counsel General works to uphold the rule of law in Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I am delighted to welcome Mick to my Government team. This is a critically important position, especially as we embark upon a new five year term with a steadily increasing body of Welsh law underpinning our ambition to deliver on our commitments for the people of Wales.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Speaking about his appointment, Mick Antoniw AM said: “It is a privilege to be appointed Counsel General for Wales during this exciting time of change. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This is a critical period in Welsh history as we continue on our journey of devolution and strive to secure a Wales Bill which provides us with the tools we need to deliver for the people of Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“There is much important work to do in a tight timescale and I am very much looking forward to getting started in my new role.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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