Government Legal Department
|Non-ministerial government department overview|
|Headquarters||102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9GL|
|Annual budget||£114.7 million (2009-2010)|
|Non-ministerial government department executive|
The Department is headed by the Treasury Solicitor. This office goes back several centuries. The office was enshrined in law by the Treasury Solicitor Act 1876, which established the Treasury Solicitor as a corporation sole (an office with perpetual succession). Employees of the department exercise legal powers which are vested in the corporation sole.
The department is a non-ministerial government department and executive agency. The Treasury Solicitor reports to the Attorney General for England and Wales. The department employs more than 1,900 solicitors and barristers to provide advice and legal representation on a huge range of issues to many government departments.