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BDTN EXCLUSIVE: Philip Sales QC Labour Appeal Judge is a Blair insider



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Sir Philip, 47, who is also known as the "Treasury Devil", is effectively the Government's chief advocate, advising all departments. He was appointed to the job aged only 35 and has been involved in high-profile cases including defending in the High Court the Government's decision not to hold a public inquiry into the Iraq war in 2005.

In 2009 the Standard reported that Sir Philip Sales QC has charged the taxpayer £3.3million over the past six years as First Treasury Counsel - a full- time position he has held since 1997.

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