Orlando Fraser

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Orlando Fraser QC sits on the board of Britain's Charity Commission.

He has many links to the Conservative Party, his father, Hugh Fraser, was a Conservative MP for 39 years, he came second in the 2005 General Election in North Devon and co-founded the think tank Centre for Social Justice.


Legal career

He has an established reputation at the Chancery Bar, with 18 years experience advising on and presenting complex financial cases, including trusts and commercial fraud[1] and was appointed a QC in 2014.[2]

Work with the Conservative Party

Fraser stood for the Conservatives in North Devon in 2005, he gained 36.3% of the vote but came second to the Liberal Democrats' candidate Nick Harvey.[3] In 2007, Conservative Home named him one of five 'Conservatives for the future'.[4] He co-founded the Centre for Social Justice with Iain Duncan Smith, chaired the Voluntary Sector Working Group on Duncan Smith’s Social Justice Commission Report: Breakthrough Britain and is listed as an author and contributor by Tory think tank RedPublica.[5]

He calls David Cameron, "an enlightened Prime Minister who places the furthering of civil society at the centre of his plans for Government, and he is rightly supported in this by many of his closest friends and advisers such as Steve Hilton and Francis Maude." It was Maude who appointed him to the Charity Commission.[5]

Personal life

His father is the late Conservative MP Hugh Fraser, who was a member of parliament from 1945 to 1984.[6]



  1. Board members and senior management team, Charity Commission, 22 May 2013, accessed 10 March 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Orland Fraser QC Legal 500, accessed 26 November 2014
  3. Orlando Fraser:Electoral history and profile The Guardian, accessed 26 November 2014
  4. Cameron Watt Cameron Watt: Five for the future Conservative Home, 22 December 2007, accessed 26 November 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tim Holmes The Charity Commission's Board: an impartial watchdog? Spinwatch, 12 March 2014
  6. Vanessa Thorpe Antonia Fraser: Now, her most personal history The Guardian, 13 December 2009, accessed 26 November 2014