Newly-installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Prisons Minister Robert Buckland QC as the next Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

Buckland is a qualified barrister, having been called in 1991. The Member of Parliament for Swindon South, he previously served as Solicitor General between 2014 and 2019.

Buckland is in a minority in the new Johnson Cabinet in that he was a Remain supporter in the EU membership referendum.

Elsewhere in Johnson’s extensive reshuffle of the Cabinet Dominic Raab, the former Linklaters trainee and Brexit Secretary, has returned to Cabinet as Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State – a position that puts him as de facto deputy Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, former Skadden and Sullivan & Cromwell associate Robert Jenrick, who graduated from BPP Law School with the Legal Practice Course in 2006, has been made Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

And barrister Theresa Villiers returns to Cabinet as Environment Secretary.

Ex-Macfarlanes lawyer David Gauke resigned as Justice Secretary earlier today, as had been widely expected.

Appointed in Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle of January 2018, Gauke was the first ever solicitor to become Lord Chancellor, and the first lawyer to hold the role since Ken Clarke QC vacated the post in 2012.

Despite staying just 562 days in the job Gauke lasted longer than his three immediate predecessors, Michael Gove, Liz Truss and David Lidington.

Recent Lord Chancellors Start date End date Length of tenure
Kenneth Clarke QC 12 May 2010 4 Sep 2012 846 days
Chris Grayling 4 Sep 2012 9 May 2015 977 days
Michael Gove 9 May 2015 14 July 2016 431 days
Liz Truss 14 July 2016 11 June 2017 332 days
David Lidington 11 June 2017 8 Jan 2018 211 days
David Gauke 8 Jan 2018 24 July 2019 562 days
Robert Buckland QC 24 July 2019 Incumbent 0 days