Edward Garnier was born 26 October 1952. He schooled at Wellington College 1966-70. He read history at Jesus College, Oxford BA 1971-74; MA 1976 and he was called to the Bar, Middle Temple 1976. In 1995, he became a QC. He was made Parliamentary Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford 1996-97, he became the Crown Court Recorder, 1998-2015, Bencher of the Middle Temple 2001, HM Solicitor General 2010-12, QC (Northern Ireland) 2010, Knighted 2012, Privy Counsellor 2015, Life Peer 2018. Member of the Prosecution Counsel Panel for the Serious Fraud Office 2017-2021. He married 17th April 1982, Anna Caroline Mellows of Belton House, Rutland. He became MP for Harborough 1992-2017, home affairs Select Committee 1992-4. PPS, FCO 1994-5; PPS Attorney General 1995-97; PPS Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 1996-97. Shadow Minister in the Lord Chancellor’s Department 1997-1999. Shadow Attorney General 1999-2001; Shadow Home Affairs, 2009-2010 and Justice Minister 2005-09.
PUBLICATIONS – A few among others: Report on Abuses of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Turkey (jointly with Lord Woolf, Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC and Sarah Palin) in 2015. Edward has written widely on defamation, media law, human rights, jury trial and other legal and related public policy issues and been published in The Times, The Independent and the legal press. He appears regularly on television and radio.
PRACTICE– Edward is a silk in England, Wales and Northern Ireland whose practice includes corporate advisory and financial services work, corporate crime and international human rights as well as defamation, privacy, confidence, malicious falsehood, contempt and related media law cases. His extensive experience in practice is underpinned by a parallel career in politics and as one of the Government’s two Law Officers. He served as an MP from 1992 until 2017 and was HM Solicitor General from 2010 to 2012. He now sits in the House of Lords. Edward advises and acts for companies and individuals whose rights have been adversely affected by foreign governments and agencies i.e. asset seizures, imprisonment, extradition applications and Interpol Red Notices, as well as for overseas governments and agencies who are seeking to comply with international standards and the rule of law. He is consulted by NGO’s and charitable organisations. As Solicitor General, he developed an American Deferred Prosecution Agreement. This was a means of dealing with companies who admit their offending to supplement prosecutions against individuals suspected of economic crime. He appeared for the Serious Fraud Office in two of the four DPAs so far approved by the Court. The first one was Standard Bank, in 2014 and the largest was Rolls-Royce, in 2017. In the media law sphere, Edward acts for individual, corporate claimants, both within the jurisdiction and abroad and for individual defendants, corporate defendants from publishing, internet and broadcasting world.