Reshuffle leads to shake-up in ministerial briefs at MoJ


Vara: takes over legal aid brief

There has been a shake-up of ministerial responsibilities at the Ministry of Justice following this week’s reshuffle, it was confirmed yesterday.

Shailesh Vara, the solicitor taking over from Helen Grant – who was moved to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport – has been given responsibility for some of Ms Grant’s key portfolios, including civil justice and legal services, but has also been handed legal aid.

Ms Grant, who was in post for 13 months, did not have the legal aid brief which her predecessor Jonathan Djanogly held. It was thought that this was because of her links with her former law firm, a legal aid practice, and because she had previously spoken out against legal aid cuts.

For the past year Liberal Democrat minister Lord McNally has been responsible for legal aid.

Mr Vara’s official title is minister for the courts and legal aid; Ms Grant’s had been minister for victims and courts. Her victims brief has been passed to policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green.

Lord McNally, who is also deputy leader of the House of Lords, remains responsible for family justice and mediation, human rights and civil liberties (jointly with Mr Green), defamation and freedom of information.

He has also been handed some of those areas previously covered by Ms Grant, including women offenders, data protection, and responsibility for bodies such as the Law Commission, Office of the Public Guardian and Parole Board.

Ed Miliband’s Labour reshuffle saw legal aid campaigner Lord Bach moved from justice to the foreign affairs team, while former Lord Chancellor Lord Falconer is back on the front bench on constitutional issues and to provide advice on planning and transition into government.




Leave a Comment

By clicking Submit you consent to Legal Futures storing your personal data and confirm you have read our Privacy Policy and section 5 of our Terms & Conditions which deals with user-generated content. All comments will be moderated before posting.

Required fields are marked *
Email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Reports

No larger firm can ignore the demands of innovation – that was the clear message from our most recent roundtable: “The law firm of the future”, sponsored by LexisNexis Enterprise Solutions. It comes in many forms, predominantly but not just technology, and is not simply a case of automating process. Expertise and process are not mutually exclusive.

Blog

16 September 2019

The Amazon effect

I have to be honest and say it still amazes me how many lawyers we come into contact with, who are still behaving like dinosaurs when it comes to technology. It’s not about chronological age.

Read More

Loading animation