Treasury Solicitor Jonathan Jones QC awarded Knighthood

Permanent Secretary and Treasury Solicitor Jonathan Jones QC, has been awarded a knighthood (KCB) in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2020.

Government Legal Department Permanent Secretary, Treasury Solicitor and HM Procurator General Jonathan Jones QC was recognised for providing legal services of the ‘highest calibre’ and the building of a shared legal service across government, as well as his wider contribution to the leadership of the Civil Service and of the legal profession.

This knighthood adds to Jonathan’s 2019 honour of becoming honorary Queen’s Counsel.

On receiving this honour, Jonathan said:

“I’m extremely honoured by this award. It is a great privilege to lead the Government Legal Department and its dedicated, hard-working people in our work of unique legal and constitutional importance.

I’m also delighted to congratulate the other government lawyers included in the honours list for their distinguished public service.”

They include:

  • Catherine Adams, DExEU Legal Director, who is made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
  • Suzanne Lehrer from Defra Legal Advisers who was awarded an OBE

And in the wider Government Legal Profession:

  • Nicola Smith Legal Counsellor at FCO was awarded an OBE
  • John Patrick Banks at HMRC was also awarded an OBE