Dorothy Bain

Dorothy Ruth Bain QC (born 1964) is a Scottish advocate who has served as Lord Advocate since 2021.[1] She previously served as the Principal Advocate Depute from 2009 to 2011, becoming the first and highest-ranking female to hold the prosecutorial position in Scotland.[2]

Dorothy Bain

Official portrait, 2021
Lord Advocate
Assumed office
22 June 2021
MonarchElizabeth II
First MinisterNicola Sturgeon
DeputyRuth Charteris QC
(Solicitor General)
Preceded byJames Wolffe
Principal Advocate Depute
In office
June 2009  July 2011
Personal details
Born1964
Edinburgh, Scotland
Political partyNone
Spouse(s)Lord Turnbull
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen
OccupationAdvocate
ProfessionLawyer

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Bain attended the University of Aberdeen School of Law, graduating with an LLB and a Diploma in Legal Practice. In 1994, she became an advocate and in 2007 she was appointed to the Queen's Counsel.[1] Bain served as an Advocate Depute in the Crown Office from 2002 to 2011 and was appointed the first female Principal Advocate Depute from 2009 to 2011. In 2008, she was commissioned to report on the prosecution of sex crimes in Scotland, the outcome of which led to the formation of Scotland's National Sex Crimes Unit in 2009.[1][3] She returned to private practice in 2011.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon nominated Bain for Lord Advocate and on 22 June 2021 she was sworn into office at the Court of Session with Ruth Charteris QC, Solicitor General. It is the first time both positions have been held by women at the same time.