Angela Grahame QC, the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, has stepped down after three and a half years in office.

Ms Grahame offered her resignation at the Faculty’s Anniversary Meeting, and arrangements for an election to choose her successor will be announced in due course.

She was the fifth woman to hold an office bearer post in the Faculty, following Dame Margaret Kidd QC, Lady Stacey, Susan O’Brien QC, and Dr Kirsty Hood QC.

She commented: "It has been an immense privilege and honour to have been Vice Dean of the Faculty of Advocates since July 2016. I have really enjoyed the work, both inside Faculty with members, and with external bodies like the Scottish Government, the Law Society of Scotland, the Association of Commercial Attorneys, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission and the many other organisations I have had the pleasure of getting to know.

"I was keen to promote equality and diversity in my time as Vice Dean and I am hopeful that the Faculty will continue to make progress in this respect in the coming years. Having said that, it’s now the right time for me to return to my practice full time."

John Mulholland, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: "It has been a pleasure to meet and work alongside Angela during her time as Vice Dean. A close working relationship between the Law Society and the Faculty is very important as we work together towards the common goal of promoting the integrity and strength of the Scottish legal profession.

"Angela took on her important role with fantastic energy, enthusiasm and a great measure of good humour.  On behalf of all our members and everyone at the Law Society I would like to thank Angela for her commitment during her time in office, and wish her all the best for the future."