Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Lord Bellamy KC


Lord (Christopher) Bellamy KC was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Ministry of Justice on 7 June 2022.

Prior to this, his legal career focussed on European, competition and regulatory law. He was a judge of (what is now) the General Court of the European Union 1992-1999, and then President of the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) until 2007. He then worked with Linklaters LLP, later chairing their global competition practice. He re-joined Monckton Chambers in 2020 as a door tenant, focussing on mediation and arbitration.

In 2020-2021, he chaired the Independent Review of Criminal Legal Aid (CLAIR).

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State

Lord Bellamy’s responsibilities are:

Minister in the House of Lords

  • MoJ business in the House of Lords (excluding Criminal Legal Aid) 
  • EU Retained Law policy 
  • Private International Law
  • Legal Aid – (ex criminal)
  • Constitution 
  • Human Rights 
  • Judicial Review 
  • Devolution and the Union 
  • Judicial Policy
  • Civil Justice 
  • Modern Justice System: Legal Support; Dispute Resolution
  • Tribunals Policy 
  • Court Recovery – Civil, Family, Tribunal 
  • Family Justice and Marriage and Divorce 
  • HMCTS admin and performance in FT
  • Illegal Migration (Lords)

More about this role

Ministry of Justice