Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill today announced the re-appointment of Laura Dunlop QC as Commissioner to the Scottish Law Commission.
The Scottish Law Commission, along with its counterpart for England and Wales, was set up by the Law Commissions Act 1965. It exists to keep the law of Scotland under review with a view to its modernisation, simplification and systematic reform. The Commission receives and considers proposals for changes to the law, examines particular branches of the law, and makes recommendations for reform.
Laura Dunlop QC has held a Ministerial appointment to the Scottish Law Commission since November 2009. She is leading the Commission’s project on Adults with Incapacity, which concerns the right to liberty of adults with incapacity in residential facilities. Ms Dunlop has been a practicing advocate at the Scottish bar for 23 years. She was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland. She was also a co-editor of three editions of Gloag and Henderson: The Law of Scotland. Currently, she is senior counsel to the Penrose Inquiry into contaminated blood and blood products. She is also Procurator to the General Assembly to the Church of Scotland. Ms Dunlop’s knowledge and experience continue to be of great value to the Commission.
This re-appointment will be for 18 months and will run from November 2012 to May 2014.
The re-appointment is on a part time basis, with a remuneration of £35,223 (one-third of the full time remuneration of £105,668). Ms Dunlop holds no other public appointments.
This re-appointment is regulated by the Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland.
All re-appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the re-appointment process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for appointees’ political activity within the last five years (if there is any to be declared) to be made public. Ms Dunlop has undertaken no political activities over the last five years.