Lord Falconer

Advisory Group Member

Lord Falconer spent 25 years as a commercial barrister, becoming a QC in 1991. Prior to joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Lord Falconer was a minister in the Blair government from 1997 to 2007 as, among other posts, Lord Chancellor, Solicitor-General and Minister of State for Criminal Justice, Sentencing and Law Reform and Minister for Housing, Planning and Regeneration.

Lord Falconer was called to the Bar (Inner Temple) in 1974 and was appointed Solicitor General in May 1997. A year after joining the Blair government he moved to the Cabinet Office and became involved in all the critical issues which faced the government from 1998 until the 2001 election.

In 2001, after the general election, he became Housing, Planning and Regeneration Minister and in 2002 he became Criminal Justice Minister. In June 2003 he became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. In 2007 he became the first Secretary of State for Justice bringing together courts, prisons and justice policy for the first time.

He chaired the Commission on Assisted Dying, the secretariat of which was provided by Demos, and in May 2013 tabled an Assisted Dying Bill in the House of Lords.