Patricia Janet Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC is a barrister and the current Attorney General for England and Wales, a ministerial position in the British Government.
She was appointed Attorney General in Gordon Brown’s first Cabinet as Prime Minister in June 2007. Baroness Scotland was previously Home Office Minister of State for the Criminal Justice System and Law Reform from June 2003 to June 2007, and also spokesperson for the Department of Trade and Industry on women and equality issues in the House of Lords.
The Baroness also served as Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department from 2001 to 2003, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1999 to 2001. She was also an Alternate UK Government Representative of the European Convention from 2002 to 2003. After graduating with LLB Hons (London), Patricia Scotland was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1977, received Silk in 1991 and became a Bencher in 1997.
She is a member of the Bar of Antigua and the Commonwealth of Dominica. She is an Honorary Fellow of The Society for Advanced Legal Studies, Wolfson College, Cambridge and of Cardiff University.
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