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Buill Pàrlamaid na h-Alba (BPA)

What is a Law Officer?

The Law Officers for Scotland are:

  • the Lord Advocate (the principal legal adviser and chief public prosecutor)
  • the Solicitor General (the Lord Advocate’s deputy)

The Law Officers do not have to be MSPs. They are part of the Scottish Government and are appointed by the First Minister. Like other ministers, they can sit in the Debating Chamber and answer questions from MSPs. They cannot vote.

Lord Advocate

Dorothy Bain QC

Dorothy Bain QC

The Lord Advocate is also known as “Her Majesty’s Advocate”. She is the senior Scottish Law Officer.

Read more about the Lord Advocate’s main roles.


Contact details

Contact online

Postal address

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
25 Chambers Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1LA

Register of interests

Law Officers must provide details of their financial interests in the Register of Interests. They make an initial statement after their appointment as a Law Officer has been agreed by Parliament. This is then updated with any changes they provide.

Here is the register for the Lord Advocate. The date of their initial statement was 15 July 2021.


Remuneration and related undertaking: 
Until 18 July 2021 I was a self-employed Advocate (of Advocate’s Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF) and expect to receive, during the current tax year, some outstanding fees for work completed prior to my appointment. I worked 55 hours per week on average and received remuneration of between £250,001 and £255,000 per annum. 

Gifts: 
No registrable interests

Overseas visits: 
No registrable interests

Controlled transactions:
No registrable interests 

Heritable property: 
No registrable interests 

Interest in shares: 
No registrable interests 

Voluntary: 
No registrable interests

Solicitor General

Ruth Charteris QC

Ruth Charteris QC

The Solicitor General is a Scottish Law Officer. The Solicitor General supports the Lord Advocate with her roles and can act as her deputy.

Read more about the Solicitor General’s main roles.


Contact details

Contact online

Post-d: ceu@gov.scot

Postal address

Solicitor General
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Register of interests

Law Officers must provide details of their financial interests in the Register of Interests. They make an initial statement after their appointment as a Law Officer has been agreed by Parliament. This is then updated with any changes they provide.

Here is the register for the Solicitor General. The date of their initial statement was 8 July 2021.

Remuneration and related undertaking: Until 16 June 2021 I was a trial Advocate Depute for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal of 25 Chambers Street Edinburgh EH1 1LA.  My commitment was for 220 days per year for which the remuneration was between £95,001 and £100,000 per annum. 

Gifts: No registrable interests

Overseas visits: 
No registrable interests

Controlled transactions: 
No registrable interests 

Heritable property: 
No registrable interests 

Interest in shares: 
No registrable interests 

Voluntary: 
No registrable interests