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Lisa Gillespie KC named Deputy Principal Crown Counsel

Lisa Gillespie KC named Deputy Principal Crown Counsel

The Lord Advocate is pleased to announce the appointment of Lisa Gillespie KC as Deputy Principal Crown Counsel. Ms Gillespie was admitted to the Bar in 2005 and has been a full-time advocate depute since February 2014. She took silk in 2020. 


Ms Gillespie will support Principal Crown Counsel Ashley Edwards KC and Law Officers Dorothy Bain KC as Lord Advocate and Solicitor General Ruth Charteris KC in an all-woman team at the top of the Crown Counsel group. 


Ms Gillespie has completed a broad range of work for the Crown and specialises in dealing with sexual offending. She has successfully prosecuted many cases involving rape, domestic abuse and child sex abuse in offending from the 1950s to the present day. She is presently leading for the Crown in the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the deaths of three babies in Lanarkshire. 


Ms Gillespie replaces Richard Goddard KC who is commencing a period of devilling with the Faculty of Advocates prior to a return to private practice. 


Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain KC said: “I am delighted to appoint Lisa to this important role. It is vital that I am able to call upon Crown Counsel who have a wealth of knowledge, skills, expertise and integrity. Lisa embodies each of these qualities and this appointment gives her the recognition she has earned. 


“Richard is stepping down as Crown Counsel and he moves on with great thanks for the significant contribution he has made as an advocate depute, most recently as prosecutor in the Emma Caldwell murder trial.” 

Senior Crown Counsel team taken in 2022. Left to right are: (back row) Susanne Tanner KC, Alex Prentice KC, Richard Goddard KC, Lisa Gillespie KC; (front row) Solicitor General Ruth Charteris KC, Ashley Edwards KC and Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain KC. Picture by Greg Macvean