New Advocate General for Scotland to be announced
The next Advocate General for Scotland, the UK government’s senior Scottish law officer, is likely to be announced within the next 48 hours sources at Whitehall have said.
It is believed that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint Richard Keen QC, 61, current Scottish Conservatives chairman to the post as incumbent Lord Wallace of Tankerness steps down.
Mr Keen was a former dean of the Faculty of Advocates before he headed up the management board of the Scottish Conservatives.
Described as a “brilliant lawyer”, he has worked on a number of high profile cases including Piper Alpha and the defence of Lamin Fhimah in the Lockerbie bombing trial.
He also previously represented Andy Coulson, Mr Cameron’s former director of communications, who faces perjury charges in Scotland.
Mr Keen is known as “the Rottweiler” for his ferociousness in court and is apparently the highest paid member of the Scottish bar.
In his role as Conservative chairman, he chairs the party’s management board, develops political strategy and liaises with the party south of the border.