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The Attorney General's Office is a United Kingdom government department that supports the Attorney General and her deputy the Solicitor General.

It continues to be known informally as the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers.



The Attorney General's Office (AGO) is one of the smallest UK government departments, with around 65 staff. It is one of "the Law Officers’ Departments" along with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI), the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office (RCPO), the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and the Treasury Solicitor's Department (TSD). The National Fraud Authority is an executive agency of the AGO.

The Treasury Solicitor acts as Accounting Officer for the AGO.

The AGO provides legal and strategic policy advice and support to the Law Officers; it co-ordinates across the Law Officers’ Departments; and it leads work on cross-cutting aspects of the UK criminal justice system along with the CPS, the RCPO and the SFO.[1]


(as of 3 October 2008)[2]

Shadow Secretaries

The Conservative Party's Shadow Attorney General is Edward Garnier MP.[3] The Liberal Democrat spokesman is Martin Thomas, Baron Thomas of Gresford.[4]


  1. ^ The Law Officers' Departments Annual Report 2005
  2. ^ Law Officers
  3. ^ House of Commons Information Office (8 September 2009). "Her Majesty's Official Opposition". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  
  4. ^ House of Commons Information Office (13 July 2009). "Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet and Parliamentary Team". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 November 2009.  

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