The Right Honourable Frank Mulholland QC

Lord Advocate

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC, is the first Advocate Depute and Senior Advocate Depute to be appointed from within the Procurator Fiscal Service. He is the second non-advocate appointed to the office of Lord Advocate. 

Mr. Mulholland graduated with an LLB in 1981 from The University of Aberdeen. Receiving a Diploma in Legal Practice in 1982, he completed his traineeship with a firm in Glasgow, then joined the Procurator Fiscal Service in 1984.

In 1991 he transferred to the Crown Office, working as a Solicitor in the High Court Unit and then qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate in 1995. Moreover, he became District Procurator Fiscal in 2000 and remained in office at Edinburgh until 2003 when he returned to the ranks of Crown Counsel as Senior Advocate Depute. In 2005, Mr. Mulholland was appointed Queen’s Counsel. 

In 2007 then First Minister Alex Salmond appointed Mr. MulhollandSolicitor General. He was appointed Lord Advocate in 2011. In June 2013, Mr. Mulholland was awarded an honorary degree from The University of Aberdeen. 

Mr. Mulholland became a Patron of the Aberdeen Law Project in 2015.