July 1, 2016
Mick Antoniw AM, Visiting Fellow at the Business Accountability and Responsibility Centre (BARC) at the University of South Wales has been appointed as the most senior law officer to the Welsh Government.
In his role as Counsel General he will act as Wales’ chief legal adviser, providing legal advice and representing the Welsh Government in legal proceedings. He will also respond to proposals and consultations that have a bearing on legal issues in Wales.
The work of the Counsel General will be crucial as Wales builds up its own body of law. In his new role, Mick will be focusing on the passage of the Wales Bill which is aimed at conferring a wider range of powers on the Assembly and creating a system which is more akin to that in Scotland and Northern Ireland.‘This is a critical period in Welsh history as we continue on our journey of devolution and strive to secure a Wales bill which provides us with the tools we need to deliver for the people of Wales. There is much important work to do in a tight timescale,’ said Mick. Before becoming a full-time politician and member for Pontypridd in 2011, Mick was a partner in the law firm Thompsons. He has been active supporter of the research carried out by BARC since 2009 and has taken part in a number of events to support the Centre.
Alexandra Dobson, Director of BARC said: ‘We are delighted that Mick has been appointed as Counsel General. His huge experience as a practising solicitor and assembly member gives him a unique insight into the challenges that lie ahead.’
Later this year he will deliver a guest lecture on developments in welsh law for the School of Law, Accounting and Finance.