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

Lesley Thomson QC was the Solicitor General for Scotland from 2011 to 2016, one of the two law officers of the Scottish Government.[2][3] She was appointed to the office on 19 May 2011, after the Scottish Parliament election, succeeding Frank Mulholland who was promoted to Lord Advocate.[4]

Thomson has 25 years' experience as a prosecutor, including as district procurator fiscal for Selkirk, district procurator fiscal for Edinburgh, and interim area procurator fiscal for Lothian & Borders, and led on trial advocacy and deaths investigation within the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).[2] She was appointed area procurator fiscal for Glasgow in May 2008. 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.[5] In 2013 she became the first woman to be appointed to Scottish Rugby's board.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Ex-Selkirk procurator fiscal Lesley is new Solicitor General". The Southern Reporter. 28 May 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Solicitor General Lesley Thomson". Scottish Government. Archived from the original on 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "First minister Alex Salmond unveils enlarged cabinet". BBC News. 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 22 May 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  5. ^ Thomson, L (2000) A Practical Guide to Confiscating Crime Proceeds W Green Publishers
  6. ^ "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