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Richard Keen QC appointed Advocate General for Scotland

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Richard Keen QC appointed Advocate General for Scotland


29 May 2015

The UK government has announced that Richard Keen QC has been appointed as the Advocate General for Scotland.He becomes the most senior legal adviser to the UK government on Scots Law. As a UK Law Officer, he will work with the Attorney General and Solicitor General for England and Wales to provide legal advice to the UK government on the full range of UK government policy and legislation and has particular statutory functions under the Scottish devolution settlement. Mr Keen will also represent the UK government in courts and tribunals.

He will be supported by the Office of the Advocate General, which consists of lawyers and administrative staff with
offices in Edinburgh and in London.

The Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell said:

 “This is a key job for Scotland and Richard is exactly the right person to take it on. He is one of our most
respected and experienced legal minds and will have a central role in supporting the UK government in Scotland, not least as we work to strengthen devolution to the Scottish Parliament.”

Richard Keen QC said:

“I am delighted to be appointed Advocate General for Scotland. It is a great honour to join the UK government
and I look forward to working with my ministerial colleagues to support the work of the UK government in Scotland at this crucial point in our political and constitutional history.”

Richard Keen QC remains a non-practising member of Axiom Advocates.