Mick Antoniw AM has been appointed as Counsel General for Wales, in which role he will provide legal advice to the Welsh Government and represent it in legal proceedings.
The Counsel General’s responsibilities include:
- responding to proposals or consultations that affect legal matters in Wales;
- advising on the development of Welsh Government policy on legal matters;
- referring a provision of an Assembly Bill, including a Welsh Government Bill, to the Supreme Court.
The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, 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."
Antoniw 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.”
Antoniw’s predecessor, Theo Huckle QC, returned to the Bar at the end of his five years, joining Doughty Street Chambers and Apex Chambers.