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Senior prosecutors appointed in Lothians

1 February 2006

Frank Mulholland QC has been appointed as the new Area Procurator Fiscal for Lothian and Borders, while Lesley Thomson becomes District Procurator Fiscal for Edinburgh and Haddington.

The appointments by the Lord Advocate fill the vacancies left by Bill Gilchrist and William Gallagher respectively, who have both been appointed as sheriffs.

Frank Mulholland QC joined the fiscal service as a depute in Greenock in 1984. He has also served as a depute in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and worked in both the High Court and appeals units at Crown Office.

In 1997 he became the first advocate depute to be appointed from within the Procurator Fiscal Service. In October 1999 he returned to the fiscal service as assistant procurator fiscal at Edinburgh, and was appointed district procurator fiscal there in 2001. He returned to the ranks of Crown Counsel in 2002, prosecuting in the Transco trial over the Larkhall gas explosion.

Lesley Thomson joined the Fiscal Service in 1985 and worked alongside Mr Mulholland as a depute in Greenock. She has since worked in the Paisley and Glasgow offices, the Fraud Unit at Crown Office and between 2000 and 2002 as procurator fiscal at Selkirk. Most recently she was head of the Financial Crime Unit, formerly known as the Criminal Confiscation Unit, at Crown Office. She has written a book on criminal confiscation.