Neil Davidson, Baron Davidson of Glen Clova
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Davidson of Glen Clova
|Advocate General for Scotland|
21 March 2006 – 14 May 2010
|Prime Minister||Tony Blair
|Preceded by||Baroness Clark of Calton|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Wallace of Tankerness|
|Solicitor General for Scotland|
|First Minister||Donald Dewar
|Preceded by||Colin Boyd|
|Succeeded by||Elish Angiolini|
|Born||Neil Forbes Davidson
13 September 1950
|Spouse(s)||Regina Anne Sprissler|
|Alma mater||Stirling, Bradford, Edinburgh|
Davidson was born to John and Flora Davidson, and was educated at the University of Stirling (BA), the University of Bradford (MSc) and the University of Edinburgh (LLB, LLM), and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1979. His private practice is in commercial and administrative law.
Davidson was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1979, and appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Registrar General in 1982, and the Department of Health and Social Security in 1988. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales at the Inner Temple in 1990, and appointed Queen's Counsel in Scotland in 1993. From 1993 to 2000, he was a Director of City Disputes Panel, a private dispute resolution service, and on 24 February 2000 was appointed Solicitor General for Scotland, which office he held until November 2001. He is a member of 11 King's Bench Walk Chambers, founded by former Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine of Lairg.
On 21 March 2006, it was announced that the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, had appointed him to the office of Advocate General for Scotland, which had been vacant since the resignation of Lynda Clark, Baroness Clark of Calton on 18 January that year to take up office as a Senator of the College of Justice. He was created a life peer, as Baron Davidson of Glen Clova, of Glen Clova in Angus, on 22 March, and sits on the Labour benches. Following Labour's defeat in the 2010 general election, Davidson was succeeded in the post by Liberal Democrat Jim Wallace, former Deputy First Minister of Scotland.
Davidson is the co-author of Judicial Review in Scotland (1986). He was the International Commission of Jurists' chef de mission to Egypt on sequestration of the Egyptian Bar in 1998. He was the convener of the Human Rights Committee of the Faculty of Advocates.
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|Solicitor General for Scotland
Baroness Clark of Calton
|Advocate General for Scotland
Lord Wallace of Tankerness