THE RT HON THE BARONESS SCOTLAND
OF ASTHAL QC
Baroness Scotland was Shadow Attorney General from May 2010 until October 2011. Baroness Scotland became the first female Attorney General in the posts 700 year history in 2007 where she served until May 2010.
She was previously Home Office Minister of State for the Criminal Justice System and Law Reform from June 2003 to June 2007, and also spokesperson for the Department of Trade and Industry on women and equality issues in the House of Lords.
The Baroness also served as Parliamentary Secretary at the Lord Chancellor’s Department from 2001 to 2003, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1999 to 2001. She was also an Alternate UK Government Representative of the European Convention from 2002 to 2003. After graduating with LLB Hons (London), Patricia Scotland was called to the Bar, Middle Temple, in 1977, received Silk in 1991 and became a Bencher in 1997. She is a member of the Bar of Antigua and the Commonwealth of Dominica; was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1994, a Recorder in 2000 and approved to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge of the Family Division.
She is an Honorary Fellow of The Society for Advanced Legal Studies; Wolfson College, Cambridge and of Cardiff University. She has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster, the University of Buckingham, the University of Leicester, the University of East London and the University of the West Indies. She is a Dame of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George. She is a patron of The Margaret Beaufort Institute, GAP and is on the Advisory Panel of the British American Project. She is a member of the Thomas More Society, the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship and the Lords Prayer Group. Baroness Scotland is a Vice President of Chatham House, and Patron of Mission and the National Pro Bono Centre. She was awarded Peer of the Year in the House Magazine 2004 Awards, Peer of the Year in the Channel 4 Political Awards 2004, Parliamentarian of the Year in the Political Studies Association Awards 2004 and The Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2005. She has also received the Kathleen Carlin Justice Seekers Award 2005, the Caribbean World Award 2008, the Black Solicitors Network Lifetime Achievement 2009 and the GV Media Group Limited Female Personality of the Year Award 2009. In 2011 she was awarded the lifetime achievement award by Euromoney Legal Media Group at the European Women in Business Law Awards.
She is a former member of the Bar Public Relations Committee, Race Relations Committee, Professional Conduct Committee, Judicial Studies Board Ethnic Minority Advisory Committee, House of Commons Working Party on Child Abduction, Legal Advisory Panel on the National Consumer Council, the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services and the National Advisory Committee on Mentally Disordered Offenders. In addition, she was formerly one of Her Majesty's Commissioners for Racial Equality, a former Honorary President of the Trinity Hall Law Society, a former Chairman of the ILEA Disciplinary Tribunal, a member of the BBC World Service Consultative Group, Chairman of HMG Caribbean Advisory Group, the Dominican Representative of the Council of The British Commonwealth Ex-Service league and served as a member of the Millennium Commission from 1994-99.
She was a founder member and former Head of Chambers of 1 Gray's Inn Square. In 1991 at 35, Baroness Scotland was the youngest woman, the first black woman and the youngest person to take silk since William Pit the Younger. She has specialised in family and public law and has chaired and represented parties in a number of Inquiries relating to Child Abuse, Mental Health and Housing. She was voted Black Woman of the Year (Law) 1992.
Baroness Scotland has now returned to the bar and is a member of 4 Paper Buildings. Baroness Scotland was created a peer as Baroness Scotland of Asthal, of Asthal in the County of Oxfordshire, in 1997 and was raised to the Privy Council in July 2001.
She founded the Corporate Alliance against Domestic Violence in 2005 and became its founding Patron when it became a registered charity in 2010. In 2011, she also founded the Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence.
She married in 1985 and has two sons. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org