Election 2021

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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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

James Wolffe QC

James Wolffe QC

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

Read more about the Lord Advocate’s main roles.


Contact details

Contact online

Postal address

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

Register of interests

All MSPs and Law Officers are required to provide details of their interests under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (asp 12). The Register of Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament lists details of interests registered under categories such as remuneration, heritable property and gifts. More information about the exact nature of information required under each category of interest can be found at Volume 2: sections 1 and 2 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Information on the exact nature of the requirement under each category can be found in the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006.

Remuneration and related undertaking: I expect to receive a total of between £65,001 and £70,000 in the 2016-17 tax year in outstanding fees for work undertaken as a self-employed Advocate (of Advocate’s Library, Parliament House, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF) prior to my appointment as Lord Advocate. I am now a non-practising Advocate.

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

Alison Di Rollo

Alison Di Rollo

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

Read more about the Solicitor General’s main roles.


Contact details

Contact online

Postal address

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

Register of interests

All MSPs and Law Officers are required to provide details of their interests under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (asp 12). The Register of Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament lists details of interests registered under categories such as remuneration, heritable property and gifts. More information about the exact nature of information required under each category of interest can be found at Volume 2: sections 1 and 2 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Information on the exact nature of the requirement under each category can be found in the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006.

Remuneration and related undertaking: Until 1 June 2016 I was employed as a Senior Advocate Depute by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (of 25 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LA), the body responsible for the prosecution of crime in Scotland. I worked for 220 days per annum in this role. My final payment for this role was between £1,001 and £2,000.

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