HRH Duke of Edinburgh, 10 June 1921 to 9 April 2021 Read more

Lord Advocate

Current role holder: James Wolffe QC

James Wolffe  QC

James Wolffe QC is a leading Senior Counsel, and was appointed Lord Advocate in June 2016.


The Lord Advocate, also known as Her Majesty’s Advocate, is the senior Scottish Law Officer. The following are the Lord Advocate’s main functions: 

  • head of the systems for the investigation and prosecution of crime and investigation of deaths
  • principal legal adviser to the Scottish Government
  • representing the Scottish Government in civil proceedings
  • representing the public interest in a range of statutory and common law contexts 

All prosecutions on indictment run in the name of the Lord Advocate. 


James became an advocate in 1992 and was First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Ministers from 2002 to 2007, the same year he was appointed Queen's Counsel. From 2007 to 2010 he served as an Advocate Depute.

Called to the bar of England and Wales in 2013, James was elected Dean of the Faculty of Advocates in 2014.