Lesley Thomson
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Solicitor General for Scotland
In office
19 May 2011 – 1 June 2016
MonarchElizabeth II
First MinisterAlex Salmond
Nicola Sturgeon
Lord AdvocateFrank Mulholland
Preceded byFrank Mulholland
Succeeded byAlison Di Rollo
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow[1]

Lesley Thomson QC is a Scottish lawyer who served as the Solicitor General for Scotland from 2011 to 2016.[2] She was appointed to the office on 19 May 2011, after the Scottish Parliament election, succeeding Frank Mulholland who was promoted to Lord Advocate.[3]

Legal career

Thomson began her career as a lawyer with SSEB and then became a Procurator Fiscal in 1985. She spent most of her career on fraudulent related crimes, prosecuting those involved and seizing the assets of criminals. She served as the Area Procurator Fiscal for Selkirk, Edinburgh and later as interim for Lothian & Borders.[4] In May 2008, she was appointed area procurator fiscal for Glasgow.[5]

Thomson led on trial advocacy and deaths investigation within the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). She is an acknowledged specialist in the prosecution of serious crime, including organised crime and financial crime, and an expert in the proceeds of crime legislation, having authored a textbook on criminal confiscation.[6] In 2013 she became the first woman to be appointed to Scottish Rugby's board.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Ex-Selkirk procurator fiscal Lesley is new Solicitor General". The Southern Reporter. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Lord Keen of Elie QC sworn in as Advocate General for Scotland". GOV.UK. Her Majesty's Government. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  3. ^ "First minister Alex Salmond unveils enlarged cabinet". BBC News. 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Lesley Thomson, Q.C. - My Life of Crime". Motherwell & Wishaw. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  5. ^ "Solicitor General Lesley Thomson". Scottish Government. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  6. ^ Thomson, L (2000) A Practical Guide to Confiscating Crime Proceeds W Green Publishers
  7. ^ "Solicitor general becomes first woman on Scottish Rugby board". BBC Sport. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
Legal offices Preceded byFrank Mulholland Solicitor General for Scotland 2011–2016 Succeeded byAlison Di Rollo