Immediately prior to her appointment as Solicitor General for Scotland, Lesley Thomson was the Area Procurator Fiscal for Glasgow and Strathkelvin. From May 2008 she led a staff of over 300 across the Glasgow area, prosecuting some of the most high profile cases in the busiest courts in Europe.
She has 25 years experience as a prosecutor, having previously been District Procurator Fiscal for Selkirk, District Procurator Fiscal for Edinburgh, and Interim Area Procurator Fiscal for Lothian & Borders, and led on Trial advocacy and Deaths investigation within COPFS
She is an acknowledged specialist in the prosecution of serious crime, including organised crime and financial crime. She is an expert in the Proceeds of Crime legislation, and published the leading textbook on criminal confiscation ("Confiscation: A Practical Guide to Confiscating Crime Proceeds") in 1999.
She joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 1985, and held a number of roles in Procurator Fiscal's Offices in Greenock, Paisley, and Glasgow before her appointment as Procurator Fiscal for Selkirk.