Friday, September 16, 2016

Alison Di Rollo appointed Queen’s Counsel, three months after appointment as Solicitor General for Scotland

Solicitor General made a QC. THE new Solicitor General for Scotland – Alison Di Rollo has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel, fast tracked into a QC position three months after her appointment by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to the number two legal post of Solicitor General at the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

Di Rollo fills the empty shoes of former Solicitor General Lesley Thomson - who was widely tipped to become Lord Advocate after the resignation of Frank Mulholland in May.

Thomson subsequently resigned her post, while Mulholland was moved up a peg by Lord Justice General Lord Carloway to the judicial bench – despite an on-going Crown Office “dirty money probe” into Mulholland’s brother - reported in the Sunday Mail newspaper.

The Scottish Government press centre states Alison Di Rollo was nominated by James Wolffe QC, the new Lord Advocate and former Dean of the Faculty of Advocates.

Alison Di Rollo was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland on 2 June 2016.

She joined COPFS in 1985, following a legal traineeship with the now defunct law firm of McGrigor Donald based in Glasgow.

Di Rollo worked in various PF Offices and Crown Office, before being appointed Deputy Head of the High Court Unit in Crown Office, and later Head of Operational Policy.

In May 2008 Alison was seconded from COPFS to take up an appointment as a Trial Advocate Depute and in February 2010 joined the COPFS National Sexual Crimes Unit.

Between January 2013 and January 2015 she was the Head of the National Sexual Crimes Unit and from January 2015 until taking appointment as Solicitor General Alison was a Senior Advocate Depute.

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