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High-ranking lawyer delivers leadership lecture

The former Solicitor General for Scotland will discuss her high-profile career at this year’s Leadership Lecture.

During the Business School event, Lesley Thomson Q.C. – an expert in financial crime – will share her experiences in leadership and governance in both the realms of the law and Scottish rugby.

As well as prosecuting serious and organised crime, with cases ranging from drug trafficking to breaching UN sanctions against Iraq, Thomson was also the first woman to be on the board of Scottish Rugby Union.

From law to rugby: a journey in leadership and governance  

9 February 2017 18:30 - 20:15

University of Edinburgh Business School

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Trailblazing career

Formerly Her Majesty's Solicitor General for Scotland (2011-2016), Lesley Thomson Q.C. was responsible for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

At the time of her appointment she was the second woman to hold this historic office.

At the Leadership Lecture, Thomson will be in conversation with Peter MacMahon, Political Editor at ITV Border.

She will discuss the powers law enforcement can now utilise to take down criminal businesses and confiscate funds from future criminal use.

Thomson will also share what she has learned from her time as a member of the board of Scottish Rugby Union and a member of Audience Council Scotland, the body who provides independent advice to the BBC Trust.

Annual lectureship

The Leadership Lecture is held annually by the University’s Business School.

The event offers audiences unique insights into the careers of some of the most influential people in their fields.

Previous speakers include Sir Tom Farmer, CEO of Kwik Fit, and Ian Marchant, former CEO of energy company SSE plc.  

This event is held in partnership with the Institute of Directors.

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University of Edinburgh Business School