Ronnie Renucci QC has been elected Vice Dean of the Faculty of Advocates.
Following a ballot that closed this afternoon, Mr Renucci was elected by members of Faculty in a two-way contest with Lynda Brabender QC.
The post became vacant when Roddy Dunlop QC was elected Dean of Faculty last month.
Mr Renucci spent 16 years as a solicitor in private practice before his calling to the bar in 2001. A highly regarded criminal lawyer, he is current President of the Scottish Criminal Bar Association. He took silk in 2018.
Following his election Mr Renucci commented: "I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to the office of Vice Dean, albeit at this challenging time. I look forward to working closely with the Dean and all members of Faculty, both from the civil and criminal bar, in an effort to steer the Faculty through this period and I am confident that at the end of it Faculty will emerge stronger and more relevant than ever."
Mr Dunlop added: "I was delighted to see two such outstanding colleagues contest this election. Either would have been worthy holders of the office of Vice Dean. I am delighted for Ronnie, and look forward to working with him in addressing the many challenges as well as opportunities currently facing the legal profession."