Who we are

John F Larkin QC, Attorney General for Northern Ireland

  • John F Larkin QC was born in Belfast in 1963.
  • He was educated at St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School and at Queen's University Belfast.
  • He was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in Michaelmas Term 1986 and later to the Bar of Ireland.
  • Between 1989 and 1991 he was Reid Professor of Criminal Law inTrinity College Dublin.
  • He took silk in Michaelmas term 2001. In the last ten years his practice has been mainly in Constitutional and Administrative Law and Human Rights.

Following the transfer of policing and criminal justice powers to Northern Ireland he was appointed Attorney General for Northern Ireland on 24 May 2010. He is the first person to hold the office separately since its functions were assumed by the Attorney General for England and Wales in 1972.

Ian Wimpress, Solicitor to the Attorney General

  • Ian Wimpress graduated in law from Queen's University Belfast in 1979 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1981.
  • He trained with D H Smyth & Co, Solicitors in Newtownards and entered government practice in the Crown Solicitor's Office in 1982 where he initially was engaged mainly in County Court litigation and later in High Court litigation.  He subsequently specialised in judicial review, employment law and Parole Commissioners casework.
  • During the 1980s he was a part time lecturer in County Court Practice for the Law Society of Northern Ireland.
  • In 2004 he was appointed as a fee paid Chairman of the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal.
  • In 2010 he was appointed as Director of Litigation in the Departmental Solicitor's Office
  • He is a serving member of the Law Society's Contentious Business Committee and Court of Judicature Rules Committee.

In 2012 he was appointed as Solicitor to the Attorney General for Northern Ireland.