Dorothy Bain

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Dorothy Bain QC is a leading Scottish lawyer.

Miss Bain was educated at the University of Aberdeen School of Law. She became an Advocate in 1994 and Queen's Counsel in 2007. She worked as a prosecutor for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. She became the principal advocate depute in 2009. She was the first woman to hold this post, the highest-ranking prosecutorial position in Scotland.[1]

She became known for her prosecution of high profile cases such as that of serial killer Peter Tobin,[2] as well the prosecution of four members of a drug gang for murder,[3] and a wide-ranging 2009 child pornography case.[4] Her work and recommendations led to the formation of Scotland's National Sexual Crimes Unit in 2009.[5]

In 2011 she returned to private practice.[6]

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