Jonathan Jones, Government Legal Department - The Article 50 process and The Great Repeal Bill

Jonathan Jones, Treasury Solicitor since 2014, will talk about the Government Legal Department’s role in helping to deliver Brexit. He will outline the legal topics and challenges that the department is wrestling with, including the issues around the Article 50 process and the Great Repeal Bill, and consider how the department is coping with the challenge. He will open a door into what it feels like to work in the Government Legal Department at this unprecedented time, and explain how the department is working with the private sector to deliver the government’s challenging agenda.


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  • About the speaker

    Jonathan has been Treasury Solicitor and Permanent Secretary of the Government Legal Department since March 2014.  His department comprises over 2000 people (of which about 1500 are lawyers) providing legal services to Ministers and government departments.  The range of work embraces constitutional, EU, international and public law, legislation, civil litigation, public inquiries, employment and commercial law.  His role and that of his department place him at the heart of some of the most important legal, political and constitutional issues affecting the country. 

    In addition to heading his own Department, Jonathan is Head of Profession for the wider community of lawyers who work in Government.

    Jonathan is a barrister and a Bencher (senior member) of Middle Temple.  His early career in government included legal posts at the Office of Fair Trading, Department of Transport, Attorney General’s Office and HM Treasury. He was subsequently Legal Adviser (Director) to the Department for Education and Skills, returning to the Attorney General’s office as Director General in 2004.  He became Deputy Treasury Solicitor in 2009 before moving to become Home Office Legal Adviser in 2012.