Press release: New Attorney General appointed

first_imgCommenting on his appointment as Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC MP has said: The Prime Minister appointed Geoffrey Cox QC MP as Attorney General on 9 July.As the Government’s chief legal advisor, Geoffrey Cox will advise the Government and attend Cabinet. The new Attorney General will also oversee the work of the Law Officers Departments which include the independent prosecuting authorities, the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office, and the Government Legal Department and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate.Geoffrey Cox will cease all private practice as a barrister, as previous Law Officers have done on appointment.The Attorney General and Solicitor General also carry out a number of functions in the public interest, such as considering unduly lenient sentences, and take action when there has been a contempt of court. These functions are carried out independently of their role as Government ministers.Notes Geoffrey Cox QC MP was appointed Attorney General for England and Wales on 9 July 2018. He replaces Jeremy Wright QC MP who is now Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.The Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, remains in post.Geoffrey Cox’s biography:Geoffrey Cox has been MP for Torridge and West Devon since May 2005. He lives in West Devon, near Tavistock, with his wife, Jeanie and his family. They have a daughter and two sons, Charlotte, James and Jonathan who attended the local school. Geoffrey was born and brought up in the West Country.Geoffrey Cox QC was called to the Bar in 1982 and made Silk in 2003. He co-founded Thomas More Chambers in 1992.Geoffrey Cox has appeared in many high profile cases receiving national and international publicity from trial to appeal before the Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and the Supreme Court. His advocacy has been described by a professional court journalist in a recent book as “extremely persuasive”.Geoffrey is a member of the Criminal Bar Association. It is an honour to be appointed Attorney General for England and Wales. I look forward to building on the successes of my predecessor and I want to thank Jeremy Wright for his distinguished four years in the role. The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) is a unique and historic government department. I am proud to be joining the AGO, which has the highest staff engagement score in central Government. I look forward to working with the Solicitor General to play my part in making law and politics work together at the heart of the UK constitution.last_img read more

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Hall of Fame entry for Paris Smith, Fred Done and Vigen Badalyan

first_img Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, Betfred Founder and CEO Fred Done and BetConstruct Founder and CEO Vigen Badalyan will be inducted into the SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame at this year’s SBC Awards.The fourth edition of this end of year industry celebration is being held tonight (Tuesday 5 December) at the stunning Artillery Garden at the HAC in Central London..The SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame was launched at last year’s SBC Awards to acknowledge outstanding individual achievements within the industry. The inaugural members were Sportradar Founder and CEO Carsten Koerl, Sportingbet Founder Mark Blandford and Howard Chisholm, the long-term Managing Director of Chisholm Bookmakers and co-founder of the Bookmakers Trade Consortium.Joining this trio will be Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, who started her gaming career in 1995 by taking bets at WWTS, an offshore sports betting company that was later sold to Betcorp Ltd. Having worked her way up the business to become COO, she joined Curacao-based Pinnacle in the same role from 2006.Pinnacle soon recognised Smith’s efforts in shifting the focus away from North America towards growth markets in Asia and Europe, by promoting her to CEO in 2008. Almost a decade on, Pinnacle continues to flourish under her leadership. The operator emphasised its desire for data driven innovation by launching a revamped eSports portal in 2017.Smith commented: “I’m extremely humbled to be recognised for my contribution to the industry, capping another successful year for me at Pinnacle. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve with the new eSports Hub in 2018 – hopefully we’ll be moving into some new and exciting markets ourselves and through our B2B partners.“It’s always been my goal to make a positive mark on the industry, by ensuring my staff love their work as much as I do. I will strive to support them where possible and continue to champion the high-performance culture that is so important to Pinnacle’s future success.”One of the founders of Betfred, Fred Done recently celebrated 50 years in the betting game. With his brother Peter, he opened the first ‘Done Bookmakers’ betting shop in Pendlebury on 4 September 1967.Heading up the family business, the real growth came in the millennium with a name change to Betfred and the opening of a first shop in London. By 2010, Betfred had a high street presence of 800 shops, which grew to 1,350 with the purchase of the Tote for £265 million, an exclusive seven-year licence to run pools betting on UK horse racing.Fast forward to 2017, Done has consolidated Betfred’s status as a UK betting behemoth, which operates over 1,700 shops and employs more than 11,000 staff nationwide.Done sent the following message to all delegates at The Artillery Garden: “I’m very, very proud to receive this award, it means a lot to me, and I promise if I last another 50 years I’ll be there to receive my 100th year trophy!”BetConstruct Chairman Vigen Badalyan also assumed CEO duties for the company in November 2017 following the departure of Vahe Baloulian. Formerly the owner of Vivaro Betting, Badalyan was one of the founding members of the company, which now operates development, sales and service centres in 14 countries worldwide.Now headquartered in London, Badalyan has overseen the growth of BetConstruct’s online and land-based gaming solutions, with a product range which includes a fully managed sportsbook and casino, alongside sports data and retail betting shop solutions.As well as inducting Smith, Done and Badalyan, the #sbcawards2017 will also recognise excellence across all areas of sports betting in 2017, with 28 prizes split into 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and 17 Supplier awards. For a full list of the nominated companies in each category, click HERE.Presenting the Christmas themed end of year celebration will be former Sky Sports presenter Matt Lorenzo and Luis Garcia, a UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2004/05 who now serves as an official ambassador for the Anfield based club. Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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