Ruth Crawford QC has been elected treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates.

The first woman to hold the post, Ms Crawford won the poll ahead of rival candidates Lisa Henderson QC and Vinit Khurana QC.

The position became vacant on the election of Roddy Dunlop QC as Vice Dean of Faculty.

Ms Crawford was admitted to Faculty in 1993 and took silk in 2008. Her practice interests include administrative and public law, planning and environment, civil liberties and human rights. She is also a member of the board of the National Library of Scotland, the users’ group of the Supreme Court and the Access to Justice Subcommittee of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.

She commented: “I am privileged and honoured to have been elected as treasurer. I look forward to working with my fellow office bearers and all members in promoting the Faculty as the centre of excellence. My door will always be open.”​