Charles Falconer

Former Lord Chancellor in Tony Blair's government
Charles Falconer

Lord Falconer was Lord Chancellor from 2003-2007

Charles Falconer was a minister in Tony Blair's government for all of its ten year life, Lord Chancellor for the last four years. He was instrumental in leading and delivering change in a wide range of areas within the UK government, and represented and negotiated for the UK at the highest level throughout that period. He was involved in all the critical issues which faced the government from 1998 until the 2001 election for example relations with Europe, the Euro, the intervention in Kosovo, the petrol crisis, and employment law changes.

In 2001, after the general election, he became Housing, Planning and Regeneration Minister and in 2002 he became Criminal Justice Minister.

In 2003 he became Lord Chancellor, with the remit of abolishing the office. In conjunction with the then Lord Chief Justice he worked out a detailed new relationship between the judiciary and the executive, which was embodied in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. His reforms included the creation, for the first time of a Supreme Court, for the UK, the creation of a commission to appoint judges, making a full-time independent judge the Head of the Judiciary for England and Wales, and introducing an elected Speaker for the House of Lords.

In 2007 he became the first Secretary of State for Justice, bringing together courts prisons and justice policy for the first time. He was responsible for leading a department with a budget over £10billion, and over 22,000 employees.

In May 2008 he was appointed Chairman of the Amicus Horizon Group Limited, a Social Landlord. In July 2008, he the joined US law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a senior counsel.