Lord Edward Garnier QC
Lord Garnier was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1976 joining the One Brick Court and was elected Head of Chambers in 2017. His extensive experience is underpinned by a parallel career in politics: he served as an MP from 1992 until 2017 and was HM Solicitor General from 2010 to 2012. He is now in the House of Lords.
He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1995, a Recorder of the Crown Court in 1998 and a Bencher of the Middle Temple in 2001. Since 2010 he has also been a member of the Northern Irish Bar. Between 1992 – 2017 he was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Harborough in Leicestershire in the East Midlands of England. He was knighted in 2012, became a member of the Privy Council in 2015 and of the House of Lords in 2018. Whilst Solicitor General he developed Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) for dealing with corporate economic crimes and which became available for use in England and Wales in 2014.
He acted for the Serious Fraud Office in the DPAs with Standard Bank, the first ever concluded, and with Rolls-Royce, the largest investigation conducted by the SFO leading to a penalty of over £500m.
In 2019 he joined 4 Pump Court, chambers specializing in commercial, construction and insurance law, from where he has continued his media law, international human rights, public law and corporate law practice.