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James Wolffe QC set to be appointed Lord Advocate

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James Wolffe QC set to be appointed Lord Advocate


31 May 2016

Axiom Advocates are delighted to announce that the First Minister has recommended the appointment of James Wolffe QC for the position of Lord Advocate.

Subject to the approval of Parliament, James Wolffe will replace Frank Mulholland QC who stepped down following the Scottish parliamentary election.

James Wolffe will be assisted by Senior Advocate Depute Alison Di Rollo, who becomes the new Solicitor General.

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 said:

“I am extremely pleased to recommend the appointments of James Wolffe and Alison Di Rollo as Scotland’s senior law officers.

“James has an outstanding legal background and extensive experience at all levels, including the House of Lords, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union.”

James Wolffe said:

“I thank the First Minister for nominating me to the office of Lord Advocate. If I am appointed, it will be a great privilege to serve Scotland in that role.”

Axiom director Roddy Dunlop QC said:

All at Axiom are delighted to congratulate the outgoing Dean of Faculty on his recommendation as Scotland’s new Lord Advocate. James has been a superb Dean, for whose efforts the Faculty as a whole are due a debt of gratitude. We are sure that his appointment to the office of Lord Advocate will be of great benefit to Crown Office and to the people of Scotland as a whole.

James Wolffe QC is a leading Senior Counsel. He 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.