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Mick Antoniw AM

Mick Antoniw AM

Title: Counsel General for Wales

Party: Welsh Labour

Constituency: Pontypridd

Contact information

Office Address: 
10 market Street
CF37 2ST

Assembly Address: 
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA

Phone:  0300 200 7116


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Terms of Office

  • 06/05/2011 - 05/04/2016
  • 06/05/2016 -

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Additional Information

Counsel General for Wales

The contact details provided are for Mick Antoniw in their role as an Assembly Member, and should be used if you wish to contact them in this role. If you wish to contact Mick Antoniw in their entirely separate role as a Counsel General please use the contact details on the Welsh Government’s website:


Key interests and achievements

Mick Antoniw was a founder member of the Bevan Foundation and a former trustee of the Welsh Refugee Council. He is Vice President of the Brynsadler Community Trust in Pontyclun and a Trustee of Beddau-based youth counselling charity Eye-to-eye. He is also a member of Welsh Labour Grassroots, the Co-operative Party, GMB and the Musicians Union.


In his constituency, Mick’s focus is on ensuring fairness and social justice for working people and improving infrastructure, particularly in respect of transport. He engages widely across his constituency and has been pleased to help many individuals and groups make improvements in their local area. 


Personal history

Mick had been married to his wife Elaine for over 30 years when she died suddenly in April 2015. The couple had three children together, two of whom are grown up and one is in college. The other family member is Pebbles; she’s a Bisson Frise and a real character. Over the years Elaine and Mick fostered a number of children together.


Mick was brought up in Reading and moved to Wales to study law at Cardiff University in 1973. He loves Wales and it’s where he met Elaine, so he’s lived here ever since. Mick’s father was a refugee from Ukraine after the war and he taught Mick Ukrainian, which he speaks fluently. Mick continues to take Welsh lessons whenever he can and, while he really enjoys it, he’s still some way from being fluent in three languages!



Professional background

Before being elected as an Assembly Member in 201I, Mick was a partner at Trade Union solicitors Thompsons, where he regularly represented people in Pontypridd and across Rhondda Cynon Taf. His casework took him to the collieries at Nantgarw and Cwm, South Wales Forgemasters and Brown Lenox among others and, as a result, he has lived through the many changes in the constituency over the years.


After qualifying as a solicitor in 1980, Mick specialised in spinal and head injuries and corporate manslaughter. He is a visiting fellow of the University of South Wales in Treforest and has lectured widely across Wales, the UK and internationally in the field of health and safety and law reform.


Political history

Mick has served the people of Pontypridd and Taff Ely as their Assembly Member since 2011, being re-elected in 2016. 

In June 2016 he was appointed Counsel General for Wales. As the Welsh Government’s Law Officer, Mick is the Welsh Government’s chief legal advisor and represents it in the courts.


During the Fourth Assembly (2011 – 2016), Mick sat on the Assembly’s Enterprise and Business Committee and the Environment and Sustainability Committee; and was Chair of the Standards of Conduct Committee. Mick continues to participate in a number of Cross-Party groups.


From 2012 to 2015, Mick represented the Welsh Government on the European Union Committee of the Regions.


From 1977 to 1979, Mick was President of the National Union of Students (Wales) and shortly after, from 1981 to 1989, he was a member of South Glamorgan County Council.


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