Well blow me down with a feather. Trouble is War Crimes Court is only for those who lose, so Blair will carry on, but his reputation is hopefully destroyed. Foreign Office lawyer says Iraq war was illegal David Brown The most senior Foreign Office lawyer at the time of the invasion of Iraq said today that he had thought the war was illegal. Sir Michael Wood, the department's chief legal adviser, said in a written statement to the Iraq Inquiry: âI considered that the use of force against Iraq in March 2003 was contrary to international law. "In my opinion, that use of force had not been authorised by the Security Council, and had no legal basis in international law.â Both Sir Michael and his then deputy, Elizabeth Wilmshurst, were today giving oral testimony to Sir John Chilcot's panel of inquiry, although both also gave written statements to the panel. Ms Wilmshurst became the only British civil servant to quit over the war when she resigned days before the first attacks on Iraq, telling her superiors that an invasion without UN sanction would be a âcrime of aggressionâ. Ms Wilmshurst is expected to claim that Sir Michael told the former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, of his reservations days before the invasion began on March 20, 2003. Ms Wilmshurstâs resignation letter, dated March 18 2003, suggested that Lord Goldsmith changed his mind about the legality of the Iraq war shortly before its outbreak. She wrote to Sir Michael: âI regret that I cannot agree that it is lawful to use force against Iraq without a second Security Council resolution to revive the authorisation given in SCR (Security Council Resolution) 678. âI do not need to set out my reasoning; you are aware of it. My views accord with the advice that has been given consistently in this office, before and after the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1441, and with what the Attorney General gave us to understand was his view prior to his letter of 7th of March. "The view expressed in that letter has of course changed again into what is now the official line.â This third paragraph was initially omitted when the letter was published by the Foreign Office in March 2005, leading to claims of a Government cover-up. The inquiry will also hear evidence today from David Brummell, who was legal secretary to the Law Officers from 2001 to 2004, and the former Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett. Lord Goldsmith will face questioning tomorrow over the claims that he changed his mind about the legality of the war.