Sir Robert Buckland KC
YEAR OF CALL 1991. APPOINTED KC 2014
BA Hons (Law) (Dunelm)
Inns of Court School of Law (Advocacy Prize Winner)
Honorary Doctorate of Law, Bangor University 2022
Recorder of the Crown Court 2009 – 2019
Master of the Bench, Inner Temple 2014 –
Called to the Bar in in Northern Ireland in 2017
Overview of Practice
The Rt Hon Sir Robert Buckland KBE KC MP was Lord Chancellor of Great Britain for over two years and served as HM Solicitor General for nearly five years prior to that. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in practice at the Bar, both at the self-employed Bar and later as a Law Officer. As Lord Chancellor, he was responsible for landmark reforms of Sentencing Law, Domestic Abuse Law and Divorce Law in England and Wales, and has immense direct experience both as a Bill Minister and as a backbencher in the development, scrutiny and passage of legislation through Parliament, including justice, constitutional law and national security legislation. He therefore has huge experience of criminal, constitutional and public law both as practitioner and law maker.
For nearly twenty years from the early 1990s, practising in Swansea and then Cardiff, after initial practice in general common law, Robert specialised in criminal ligation, most notably drugs offences, proceeds of crime and child sexual abuse, rising to be a Grade 4 CPS Prosecutor and member of the Attorney General’s A List of Prosecuting Counsel. He was junior prosecution counsel in a wide range of cases from murder to conspiracy to defraud and health and safety. He had a busy defence practice, regularly conducting work as a Leading Defence Junior in complex drugs conspiracies. He has extensive experience in defending sexual abuse cases, including child sexual abuse and was often a led defence junior in murders and other complex cases. He took silk in 2014.
HM Solicitor General
Robert advised the Government on legal issues relating to all proposed legislation, and on issues that required Law Officer input (ie inter-departmental issues); granted consents to many CPS and SFO prosecutions and Contempt of Court proceedings, made High Court referrals for the reopening of Inquests and reviewed thousands of Crown Court sentences as part of the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme, personally conducting over 40 cases in the Court of Appeal. He was responsible for the approval or otherwise of Nolle Prosequi applications, Pardons and Royal Charters. He superintended the work of the CPS, the SFO and the Government Legal Department.
In addition, he conducted cases involving domestic abuse, stalking, coercive controlling behaviour, child sex offences and hate crime, undertook national security work of a secret nature and contempt of court cases.
Robert lectures regularly and extensively on UK constitutional law and is an active contributor to media and journalism on legal and constitutional issues. Having been at or near to the centre of political and public life in this country for over a decade, Robert is extensively well-versed in reputation management issues and has much experience in the promotion of standards of governance and the Rule of Law in other jurisdictions.