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Law Officer appointments 07/06/2016 The First Minister last week recommended the appointment of James Wolffe QC and Alison Di Rollo as Scotland’s new law officers.

Law Officer appointments

The First Minister last week recommended the appointment of James Wolffe QC and Alison Di Rollo as Scotland’s new law officers.

Subject to the approval of Parliament, James Wolffe, a leading Senior Counsel, will take up the position of Lord Advocate, replacing Frank Mulholland QC who stepped down following the Scottish parliamentary election.

James Wolffe QC became an advocate in 1992 and took silk in 2007. In 2014 he was elected Dean of the Faculty of Advocates. He was First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Ministers from 2002 to 2007, and served as an Advocate Depute from 2007 to 2010. He has extensive experience of both commercial and public law. He is a member of the Faculty Dispute Resolution Service and was also called to the bar of England & Wales in 2013.

Senior Advocate Depute Alison Di Rollo will become the new Solicitor General. Ms Di Rollo succeeds Lesley Thomson. Ms Thomson, who was appointed to the post in 2011, has informed the First Minister that she wishes to pursue new challenges.

Alison Di Rollo joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 1985 as a fiscal. Ms di Rollo then worked in the Policy Group at the Crown Office prior to being appointed Deputy Head of the High Court Unit and later Head of Operational Policy. In May 2008, Ms Di Rollo was seconded from COPFS to take up an appointment as a trial advocate depute. She was appointed as deputy head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit in 2011 and became head of the unit in January 2013.

The appointments will be made by the Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister, with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament. The appointments, if approved, will complete the First Minister’s newly-appointed ministerial team.

The First Minister thanked both Frank Mulholland QC and Lesley Thomson QC for their service in the roles.

 

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