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Full ministerial team at Ministry of Justice announced

Family lawyer and former critic of legal aid changes appointed a Justice Minister

The ministerial team at the Ministry of Justice has been almost completely changed as a result of the Prime Minister's reshuffle which has now been completed.

Chris Grayling, the new Secretary of State for Justice, has been joined by Helen Grant and Jeremy Wright, each appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, and Damian Green, appointed as Minister of State (jointly with the Home Office). Only Lord McNally, the Minister of State and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, remains.

Helen Grant is a solicitor who practised in family law. In 1996 she set up Grants Solicitors, a specialist family law firm, now employing 15 people, which operates free outreach and advice services on issues relating to domestic violence.  She criticised the proposed cuts to the civil legal aid bill when first announced in a Green Paper but, after amendment, voted in favour of the enabling legislation. For details see The Guardian website. Ms Grant was first elected to Parliament at the last General Election.

Jeremy Wright is a barrister, called to the Bar in 1996, who specialised in criminal law, both prosecution and defence. He was first elected to Parliament in 2005.

Damian Green, a non-lawyer, is a former financial journalist who was elected to Parliament in 1997.