Ex-Selkirk procurator fiscal Lesley is new Solicitor General

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A FORMER procurator fiscal for Selkirk has been appointed to the second most senior legal position in Scotland, as part of re-elected First Minister Alex Salmond’s new round of appointments, writes Mark Entwistle.

Lesley Thomson, pictured, whose last post has been procurator fiscal for Glasgow and Strathkelvin, succeeds Frank Mulholland as Solicitor General, the latter taking over the top job of Lord Advocate from Elish Angiolini.

Ms Thomson is a specialist in the seizing of the proceeds of crime and author of ‘A Practical Guide to Confiscating Crime Proceeds’.

Born and brought up in Glasgow, she was educated at Glasgow High school and graduated with LLB Honours from Glasgow University in 1979. She held a series of posts in procurator fiscal offices in Greenock, Paisley and Glasgow before her two-year appointment at Selkirk in 2000.

In 2003, Ms Thomson was appointed to head up the Criminal Confiscation Unit and thereafter the Financial Crime Unit at Crown Office. Three years later, she took over as district procurator fiscal for Edinburgh and Haddington, becoming interim area procurator fiscal for Lothian and Borders in May 2007, when Mr Mulholland was appointed Solicitor General.

Commenting this week, Mr Salmond said: “The law officers of Frank Mulholland and Lesley Thomson are Scotland’s tough new prosecution team.

“Lesley Thomson as Solicitor General is an expert on criminal confiscation and she will be stepping up the Crown Office’s efforts even further to strip law-breakers of their ill-gotten gains, so that they can be invested in community projects to give our young people new and healthy life opportunities.”

Motions to seek parliamentary approval for the appointment of the new Lord Advocate and Solicitor General were heard and approved in the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

Ms Thomson has been an avid supporter of Melrose Rugby Club since her move to the Borders and she remains a member of the club’s general committee.