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Mick Antoniw
Biographical details and responsibilities of the Counsel General.

Mick has served the people of Pontypridd and Taff Ely as their Assembly Member since 2011, having been re-elected in 2016.

Mick was brought up in Reading and moved to Wales to study law at Cardiff University in 1973. Mick was married for 30 years before his wife Elaine died suddenly in April 2015. They raised 3 children together and fostered many others. Mick is a Welsh learner and speaks Ukrainian.

From 1977 to 1979, he was President of the National Union of Students (Wales) and shortly after, from 1981 to 1989 was a member of South Glamorgan County Council. His other roles include being a founder member of the Bevan Foundation and a former trustee of the Welsh Refugee Council.

He is Vice President of the Brynsadler Community Trust in Pontyclun and a Trustee of Beddau-based youth counselling charity Eye-to-eye. He is also a member of Welsh Labour Grassroots, the Co-operative Party, GMB and the Musicians' Union.

Before being elected as an AM in 2011 Mick was a partner at Trade Union solicitors Thompsons, specialising in spinal and head injuries and corporate manslaughter. Mick is a visiting fellow of the University of South Wales  and has lectured widely across Wales, the UK and internationally in the field of health and safety,corporate accountability and law reform.

During the fourth Assembly (2011 – 2016) Mick sat on the Assembly’s Health, Enterprise and Business and Environment and Sustainability Committees, and was Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee.

From 2012 – 2015 Mick represented Wales on the European Union Committee of the Regions where he was also appointed to its EU task force on Ukraine.

In June 2016 Mick was appointed Counsel General for Wales. As the Welsh Government’s Law Officer, he is the Welsh Government’s chief legal advisor and represents it in the courts.

Responsibilities

The Counsel General’s responsibilities, including his statutory responsibilities set out under the Government of Wales Act 2006, are to:

  • Provide legal advice to the Government
  • Oversee the work of the Legal Services Department which provides legal services to the Welsh Government
  • Oversee prosecutions on behalf of the Welsh Government
  • Oversee representation of the Welsh Government in the courts
  • Consider whether Bills passed by the Assembly need to be referred to the Supreme Court for determination as to whether they are within the Assembly’s competence (exercised independently of government)
  • Answer questions about his/her work in the Assembly
  • Perform other functions in the public interest including, where the Counsel General considers it appropriate, institute, defend or appear in any legal proceedings relating to functions of the Welsh Government (exercised independently of government).

Writing to the Counsel General

Contact Mick Antoniw PSCounselGeneral@gov.wales

We aim to provide a response within 17 working days. The Counsel General will respond to matters that fall within his portfolio.