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Law Officer arrangements for ongoing litigation

The Lord Advocate has written to the convenor of the Criminal Justice Committee setting out Law Officer arrangements for the future conduct of litigation following the prosecution of individuals in respect of the acquisition and administration of Rangers Football Club.

On her appointment, the Lord Advocate raised the issue of a perceived conflict of interest as she had previously acted for a firm of solicitors who represented the corporate entity, Duff and Phelps.

As a result, Dorothy Bain QC has recused herself from further involvement in related matters.

The Solicitor General for Scotland, Ruth Charteris QC, will now issue instructions to the independent legal team and Senior Counsel advising on these cases.

Arrangements have also been put in place to ensure that any allegations of criminal conduct in relation to these cases will be considered fairly and objectively, including the appointment of external Senior Counsel with no previous involvement.