Glasgow born and Dunoon raised Debbie Wilson (McCuish), a law graduate of Aberdeen University, spent a few years in private practice (Dundee and Aberdeen) before joining the local authority. There her remit was primarily legal work in support of Roads Dept, Water Services and Social Work committees for over a dozen years. While there she handled the ‘private prosecutions’ of the Education Department’s Truancy Sub-Committee which took her to joining COPFS (then called the Procurator Fiscal Service).
By the end of some 5 years with the prosecution she had worked in Dundee, Aberdeen, Shetlands, Fort William, Campbeltown, Paisley, Peterhead, Stornoway and many courts in between, ending her Procurator Fiscal service as the Procurator Fiscal at Peterhead. From there she jumped ship to the ‘other side’ and practiced initially in Macduff before opening her sole practitioner firm in Banff nearly 15 years ago.
She says her ‘tour of Scotland’ on both prosecution and defence roles had been, and continues to be, rewarding. She adds that being a Law Society council member and being able to focus on and participate in the valuable work of the Criminal Law Committee is her way of being able to put at least some of all that experience back into the profession.